“When I am afraid, I will put my trust in you.” -Psalm 56:3

Some things in life can be scary.  Somebody can sneak up behind us and grab us and say gotcha, real loud, and we almost jump out of our skin.  We can find ourselves alone in the woods at night, separated from our mom and dad, and every sound and shadow and movement scares us to tears.  And how about that bulldog down the street that runs full speed at us, barking and showing his teeth like he wants to tear into us.  Now that is scary.  Or, how about the first days of a new school year…

New teachers….new rooms….new kids…new courses…new bullies…and maybe it’s a brand new school…now all of that can be very scary to us.  Last year, everything was familiar and comfortable.  All of our good friends were in class with us.  Now everybody seems to be new, different, and I’m not sure they want to be my friend.  How are we going to make it through these scary days ahead?

A shepherd boy in the Bible gives us a clue.  When he was in the mountains watching his father’s sheep, he admitted to being afraid sometimes.  And you know what he did?  He remembered that the God who loved him was big and powerful and would watch over him and take care of him.  So instead of being overwhelmed by fear, he would trust in his great big loving God who would be right there with him in the hills every day.

Prayer:  “Lord, thanks for going to school with me.  I’m a little nervous.  I want to do well and I want to have fun at school with friends.  But everything is so new and unfamiliar.  So help me to trust You when I get scared.  Thanks.  In Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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