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June 8, 2016

Will This Anxiety Ever Leave?

Graduation is over.  You have studied diligently and persevered steadily.  At the end of it all, you joyously received your well-earned diploma.  Now, you stand at the threshold of a future open wide with possibilities.  On one hand, the future looks bright and promising, overflowing with new opportunities.  However, on the other hand, there is a nagging voice that refuses to depart from the back of your mind.  Even if it is miniscule and hardly noticeable, the voice of anxiety is ever present perhaps leaving you with a sick feeling in your stomach any time you are asked about your future plans.  No matter what you try to do to avoid this unsettling phenomenon, you are unsuccessful to find an answer to relieve your case of the jitters.

Fortunately, there is no need to search any further than God’s Word.  As I was reading in the book of Proverbs, I stumbled upon a verse providing truth that can cause the chains of worry to fall loose.   Proverbs 14:11 states, “The house of the wicked will be destroyed, but the tent of the upright will flourish.”  As I read this verse, I started to ponder why Solomon used the word “house” in correlation with the wicked and the word “tent” when describing the abode of the upright.

When thinking of a house, I imagine a structure of earthly security, a place I can return to and feel safe from outside perils.  For many, the purchase of a house is not simply for a living space but a place to invest money for future security.  A house provides a place where we can put our trust.  In addition, a house is immovable.  It is fixed and built to stay.

Now, let’s contrast this with a tent.  If you have ever gone tent camping, you are aware that one of the most frightening experiences is observing an unidentified shadow pass the side of the tent as the sound of a cracking stick resonates close to your head.  Tents are not extremely secure and require a level of trust in God’s provision of safety.  They are thin, easily opened, and transportable.  If you desired, you would never have to sleep in the same location twice.  While a house is secure and immovable, a tent is risky and adaptable.

What does this have to do with your anxiety about the future?  Everything.  God does not desire you to worry.  At this crossroad in your life, the Lord calls you to simply trust Him and be flexible to His will.  Just like a tent requires a reliance on God for protection and administers flexibility toward its environment, God desires us to place all of our security in Him and to be ready to go wherever and do whatever He has planned for us.

Oftentimes, we feel the need to have everything figured out and have each plan laid out for the future.  We place life’s pressures on ourselves instead of on God just like we place security in our houses or physical possessions.  We tend to worry about the next step, such as where to go to college, what major we should study, where we should live, whether we should go to grad school or not, and where we should work.  Yet, this only makes our hearts sick.  However, our Heavenly Father has your entire life planned out.  Even though this period following graduation can be uncertain and frightening, there is no need to worry because the Lord will cause His plan to come to fruition if you are flexible to His will and trust wholeheartedly in Him.

So, next time the little voice of anxiety comes to overpower you, just take a breath, and remember that your life is in God’s hands, the One who upholds the universe and cares even for the sparrow.

-Olivia Forton ‘19