I lived in New Jersey in the 7th grade. Half-way through that school year, I moved to Alabama. Although I was born in Alabama, it was still a culture shock for me. The scariest thing is going to a new school during the year. It feels like you are all alone on an island, and nobody around knows you or seems to understand the trauma you are going through. I see it every new school year at Dothan High. Every year, we get a fresh crop of Freshman. They move about the halls of this huge school also feeling scared and all alone. As teachers, we try to comfort them and let them know that in only a few days, they will find their way all around the school and will be like an old pro! Sure enough, in only a few days, all their worries and fears are gone. They soon learn to love our school, and they wonder why they worried so much. If you have ever moved to a new school as a student, you know exactly how these precious students feel.
When we are dealing with stress and anxiety, we long for peace of mind and heart. Situations pop up and rob us of our joy. We call out to God for help. Like a young student lost in the shuffle of changing classes with 1400 other students, we long for somebody to get us through it. God hears us and He responds. Just as a teacher, I know it is only a few days before my students learn their way around, God also knows it is only a few days before we, too, find our way. We have to do exactly what those young students must do: Keep on going! We pray to the Lord, have faith in Him, but we still keep on keeping-on. He will get us there...If we just don't give up!
Lamentations 3:25 says, "The Lord is good unto them that wait for Him, to the soul that seeketh Him."
Father, please help us wade through our particular circumstances today. We trust you for everything! In Jesus name, Amen.