But when I am afraid, I will put my trust in you. – Psalm 56:3 (NLT)
I remember the year I started 6th grade. I was afraid. 6th grade meant that I had to switch buildings, it meant lockers and combinations, and switching classes. All of those new things caused me to dread the upcoming school year.
I lost sleep worrying about the new building. I wondered if I’d ever find my classes. Many nights, I had nightmares that I was lost wandering the school’s halls.
For many students, a new school year can cause them some anxiety. You might be one of those students and find yourself staying up at night dreading the start of the year.
The thing about dread is that it’s really fear. It’s being afraid of something that might happen.
Today’s Truth: Put your trust in God even when you’re afraid.
So in those moments when you begin to dread going back to school, take comfort in the fact that you’re not alone. Yes, you might be at a new school. There might be new bullies or new challenges that the new school year brings, but that’s ok. You’re not navigating the school alone. You have God to help you.
So determine to put your trust in God. Even when you’re afraid. Even in those moments when you don’t know what to do. Put your trust in God. He will see you through. He’ll help you remember where your classes are. God will help you be a success this year at school if you’ll simply put your trust in Him.
Pray: God, there are parts of the upcoming school year that are causing me anxiety. I ask you for your help. Help me to be a success this year at school. I give my worries and concerns to you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Things to think about and discuss
- What causes you the most anxiety about the upcoming school year?
- How can you take those things that you’re anxious about and give them to God?
- What do you want to see God help you with this year?