Most of the students in our area went back to school yesterday. When I was a youth pastor I loved when the students went back to school because it meant that I got to go on vacation. Now, though, back to school simply means there won’t be as many teenagers at the mall when I go there for lunch.
Whether we’re going back to school or not, we all remember what it feels like to start a brand new school year. We’d pick out our outfit, get a haircut and hope that the new school year would be better than the last.
Here are some Bible stories to help us start the school year right.
Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego
The story of Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego training in Babylon is the definition of #squadgoals. Much like the first day of school, these four young men were thrust into an entirely new situation and didn’t know what to do. Thankfully they all found each other and didn’t have to sit by themselves during lunch. One of the most important parts about the first day of school is finding friends. Every time I walked into a class on the first day of school I immediately scanned the room to find a friend. Even more important than class with friends was having lunch with friends. No one wants to eat their vegetables and drink their water alone at lunch.
I always hated how close Homecoming was to the first day of school. On top of acclimating to an entirely new school year, I also had to worry about finding a date to the first dance of the year. Ruth had a similar problem, though if she didn’t find a date she and her mother-in-law would have ended up living on the street. Ruth was pretty forward with Boaz, approaching him at night and sleeping on his feet. Thankfully our modern courting rituals are different, because Alycia hates feet and I never would have known if she liked me.
Feeding of the 5,000
I loved high school. I wasn’t a big fan of the classes themselves, but at no point since then have I been legally required to spend seven hours a day with all of my friends. Lunch was the pinnacle of a day at school, getting 30 minutes to stand around, eat donuts and try to get the attention of girls. I wanted to be like Jesus in high school, especially during lunch. My friends and I often scrounged whatever change we had to fill our stomachs with as many cookies and processed foods as we could. Imagine how much more popular I would have been if I could have fed the entire quad with five burritos and two cookies?
I miss a lot about being in school, but not enough to want to go back. However the excitement and anticipation of the first day of school can’t be matched by anything in adulthood. Good luck to all those starting a new school year. Find some feet to sleep on.
What Bible stories most resembled your first day of school?