The other day, a young man in my class fell on the playground. His head collided with the ground. There was a little blood but a lot of anxiety. I assessed the situation and determined the mouth was the injured area. I poured out encouragement and assurance to him that his teeth were in great shape.
Of course, he was concerned about the blood. I reassured him that this was normal when your mouth is bumped. The anxiety continued. He was sent to the office for clean up and his mother was called.
I was horrified the next day when he returned to school and his lip was massive. Well, maybe it wasn’t massive but it was pretty close. It was certainly the largest busted lip I have ever seen. I began a long encouraging lecture with the intent to ease his self consciousness in front of others. I praised God that his teeth were not damaged. I told the class how remarkable our bodies were made and that the swelling would go down quickly. Then I said that EVERY guy has busted his lip many times because boys like to play hard.
His little innocent face looked at with me with anxiety still in his eyes and said, “But it was MY FIRST TIME.”
My heart sank. He had not walked this path before. He had no point of reference, no file to pull from, no history to fall back on, and no familiarity with this territory. He was forced to walk this unfamiliar path and the pain was real.
Are you walking through a “first time?”
It may be a broken heart, loss of a loved one, financial burden, relationship issues, car wreck, medical procedure and the list goes on. Yes, the list goes on because life goes on. Unfamiliar paths are painful, but one of the coolest things about choosing Jesus is knowing that everything is familiar to Him.
May God remind you today that “He’s GOT This!” every “First Time.”