Genesis 2:15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.
I pray you had a great first day of school. I don’t know how you feel about this, but I always thought the first day of school was one of the best. You get to see your friends. You get to wear new outfits or shoes. There is absolutely no pressure to have homework done. Maybe times have changed, but back in my day (Did I just seriously use that phrase?), even class was easy. You get seating assignments, hear expectations and scan ahead while your teacher reads a boring syllabus to see if any big assignments are required at the end of the year. In a word, the first day of school was “cake.”
Day two? Now that’s a different story. Day two is when you actually have to work. You have to take notes. You have to pay attention. You have to listen with intentionality. No more ice breaker games, or going around in a circle to remember everyone’s spirit animal. No more “What was best thing you did this summer” time-filler stories until the bell rings. Nope, just school. Just work.
I don’t know if you noticed, but tucked in Moses’ inspired account of creation, we have this verse in Genesis chapter 2. “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” Now this may not seem like a big of a deal, but if you remember, the Garden of Eden was a perfect place and at this time, (before Genesis 3 and the fall into sin) there was no shame or guilt or anything bad. In other words, even in paradise, Adam had a job to do. I am guessing that if you think about it, it is not such a big surprise. I would also guess that some of your most rewarding days in school came after working through a tough problem, completing a project that you never thought possible, or simply hearing the approval of a teacher who recognizes your work. So, as you get ready for second day of school, my encouragement is pretty simple: Enjoy the hard work, because in hard work you will find joy.
Heavenly Father, we can’t imagine what it would take to create billions of unique human beings. You truly are awesome. Also, thank you for giving us challenges and work in which we can find joy. Of course, school can be hard, but we know that you are there with us. We also know that because Christ worked out our salvation on the cross and we don’t have to work to pay for our own sins, we have a freedom to serve you in all we do, especially our work. Give us today the energy do our best and the satisfaction of experiences a job well done. Amen.