Devotional: Stage Fright
October 23rd, 2010
By Bethany Brown
When I left home for college, I was scared of everything. If you’ve ever had a first day of school, you probably know what I was feeling. Everything was new and different from home and I had to meet all new people. I worried that they wouldn’t like me and that I wouldn’t have any friends. I worried about how I was going to find all my classrooms and how to use the library, and where the financial aid office was so I could go get my first paycheck from my work-study job.
In fact, I was so scared of some of these things that I spent most of my spare time in my room. I always went to eat with my roommate so that I wouldn’t have to eat alone. The day before classes, I went to find and double-find all of my classrooms. I waited for weeks to go get my first paycheck until I could find someone to go with me so I could find the right office.
Sometimes fear can be a good thing. Just like pain warns us not to keep touching a hot stove, fear can keep us safe from things that are dangerous—like walking too close to a busy highway or the edge of a big cliff. In my case, my fears pushed me to be really prepared for class by knowing where I was going ahead of time. And it pushed me to be extra friendly when I met people in hopes of making friends.
In other cases, fear can hurt us. I stayed in my room and even avoided getting my first paycheck at college. In “Stage Fright,” the play was stopped completely because the whole cast quit out of fear. They were so afraid of what might be happening that they would never have known what was really happening if not for Emily and Matthew’s investigation.
Like the cast of the play, I eventually faced my fear. I learned to meet people and do the normal things of college life in spite of the fear I felt. A big thing that helped me was memorizing Bible verses about fear. One of my favorites is Isaiah 41:13. It says, “For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, ‘Do not fear; I will help you.” I could always repeat that verse when I was afraid, to remind me of God’s protection.
Do you have any favorite verses that you remember when you are afraid? Feel free to share them in the comments below, and then pick a new one someone else has shared to learn for the next time you are afraid!
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