College is a weird time. You have to learn how to balance a number of things, like living on your own, creating new friendships, and figuring out what you want to do with your life, all while maintaining decently good grades.
This can be a lot, and eventually, things start to get tough.
Anxieties and fears and doubts slip in, and it can sometimes feel like you're so overwhelmed by your circumstances that you can't figure out where to go next. But, hope remains.
Matthew 6:34 tells us: "Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble." This is the culmination of an entire passage that begins by telling us not to be anxious about our lives, as God will take care of all the things we might be anxious about.
God is telling us that we should not worry over even the smallest of details, as it is all in his hands.
This can be hard to do, especially when anxiety is your current reality. Sometimes, we might not even realize what is causing us to be filled with fear or anxiety.
In this case, the best thing to do is ask God to take away our anxieties and doubts. To simply lay down at the feet of Jesus any anxiety that we have is a good first step to overcoming these weights in our lives.
God wants us to give Him our doubts and our fears - He wants to sit with us as we work through them and heal us from what might cause them.
This is who He is.
Anxiety can be difficult to overcome, and it takes time. But when we realize we have a God who wants to take it from us and replace our fears with joy, we can start a grace-filled journey toward redemption.
Author | Caitlin Cooper