“Teacher! My dog ate my homework!” Yes, I agree… Life can be quite challenging and full of anxiety. But haven’t we still got all our hair on our heads?
As the morning starts, you might realize that your class started five minutes ago or that your homework was supposed to be turned in. Or perhaps some other horror causes quite a rude awakening. In the afternoon, you might realize that your dog just ate your delicious chocolate covered crackers or your bird pecked a hole in your to-be-submitted math test. In the evening, you just feel so exhausted that you want to drop on the floor until you remember the huge load of dishes waiting for you in the sink.
These days, the lack of social interaction (says the homeschooler who never socializes) can make life a little boring and dull. However, we have much more pressing matters to deal with than the lack of social interaction. Is our world going to collapse? Should we just run like Chicken Little? Is a war going to break out? Will the COVID-19 virus ever disappear? When will we stop watching the death toll rise? Will life be normal again? As human beings plagued by ever-growing anxiety and doubt, asking these questions seems like a normal response. However, is this the life that we are called to live?
Isaiah 41:10 makes it clear when the writer declares “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” It makes it clear that the answers to the questions above are irrelevant. We don’t have to worry if the world is going to collapse. We don’t have to worry about the coronavirus. We don’t have to worry about the normalcy of life. And that is because we have an almighty God who will always protect us. 1 Peter 5:7 reminds us “[Cast] all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”
Now, we ought to ensure that we don’t misinterpret the Word here and declare that we can do whatever we want because the Spirit will intercede. Even though the world will end eventually, we should live our lives to the best of our abilities for God. Life will always be difficult for us. 2 Timothy 3:12 acknowledges it by saying “Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,” but this doesn’t mean that we should just give in to evil. Through our trials, we learn to depend more on God and to find the beauty in life. We might always struggle with doubt, but we can lean on the Cornerstone and Solid Rock for our support.
Life’s beauty is that it holds joy and laughter in spite of our anxiety. I can’t recount the number of times I’ve pulled up videos of birds imitating R2D2 to take a break from my countless reading assignments or simply watched my brother happily munching on his snacks as he practices writing his Ds and his Bs. We can always find a way to destress, whether it’s reading the Bible, watching an episode of a baking show (and sparking our appetites), listening to The Piano Guys, or watching Avengers: Endgame.
Consider Phillipians 4:6: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” Cast your doubts, your anxieties, and your fears on God. He will guide you, and you will be able to overcome your day, even if you have to face five tests and quizzes.
Wishing you the best,