Addison, our oldest child, is starting Kindergarten this year. She’s so excited, but her mom and dad are more of a mix between excited and anxious. Until now, her only school experience has been First Trinity’s Preschool. The school was only 2 houses down the street from where we lived, and about 50 steps from my office.
But now, it’s off to a much bigger school across town. We need to drive there and drop our little girl off for the day. No quick walks over to peek on her in the classroom. No tours past my office. What’s a dad to do?
The psalmist gives some good perspective on dealing with worry and anxiety. As he reflects on his past interactions with God, and his current circumstances, he comes to this conclusion:
If the LORD had not been my help, my soul would soon have lived in the land of silence. Psalm 94:17
He goes on to share some of those past experiences with us:
When I thought, “My foot slips,” your steadfast love, O LORD, held me up. When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul. Psalm 94:18-19
What do you do when you’re anxious? Reflect back on God’s faithfulness in your own life. Where has He held you up? When has He cheered your soul? When your heart is fearful that God is not to be found in this current struggle, your mind assures you that He has been faithful in the past and will be again. When you face anxiety, may you declare with the psalmist:
But the LORD has become my stronghold, and my God the rock of my refuge. He will bring back on them their iniquity and wipe them out for their wickedness; the LORD our God will wipe them out. Psalm 94:22-23