I was afraid of being separated from my friends and teachers. I also feared reliving the horrors of seventh and eighth grades, when I had been treated like a leper for being different. Fear of rejection, isolation, ridicule, scrutiny, and judgment—I’d been there already, and it was unbearable.
He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
Psalm 91:4a (NIV)
The first day of school, I learned three things:
- God provides.
- Fear can be crippling, but you have to face it.
- As a believer, you never face your fears alone.
I didn’t know until later that my mother had been praying for me. She knew the agony of starting a new school, of feeling alone and terrified in a strange place. God also had me covered, sending former classmates to welcome me and to introduce me to other kids. Even the teachers made me feel comfortable. And I rested in the comfort of God’s presence.
REFLECT: I love the image of God in Psalm 91:4. Have you watched a mother hen scoop her chicks into her wings? When fear grips us, God gathers us up in the safety of God’s love. Read Psalm 91, and repeat the promises to yourself. As you work through your fears, become someone who helps others deal with theirs.