Have you ever needed help? Maybe help with a homework assignment or relationship advice? Who did you ask to help you? Now, I have another question. What is the one thing we all are afraid of? Failure. It’s the one thing we can and can’t control at the same time. Some people are afraid that if they fail, they will be alone. Others are afraid of getting disowned by family. Some are afraid because success is their whole identity. We all have our reasons. My question is, why are we afraid if we have Christ?
When I was in college, I had a difficult time. It was the first time I was out on my own. New school full of college students who didn’t know me and knew more about the world then I did. I had to learn to live with someone I wasn’t related to. I was making so many big changes in my life and at 18, it felt like my whole world was changing. I no longer had to ask permission to do things. It didn’t matter what I did because I was the only one who would be affected by my choices. So, I had schoolwork on top of trying to fit into this new lifestyle. It wasn’t easy. I started relying on me and only me. There was no one else–or so I thought. As the semester progressed, I began to realize something: I couldn’t do it all alone! I wasn’t meant to carry all these burdens alone. So eventually, after much denial, I cried out for help.
Remember when I asked you who you asked for help? What was you answer? A parent? Best friend? A sibling? A role model? I told you earlier that I also had to ask for help. I cried out to Jesus.
Why? I remembered a Bible verse that I was taught growing up. “What time I am afraid I will put my trust in thee” (Psalm 56:3). I had nowhere else to turn. I fell to my knees asking Christ for help. As I was on my knees I was reminded of a song by Chris Tomlin. It goes, “I know who goes before me, I know who stands behind. The God of angel armies is always by my side. The One who reigns forever, He is a friend of mine. The God of angel armies is always by my side.” We all get caught up in the stress and fear of the transition period that is college life. It’s hard–I get it. But if we take all that fear, all that stress, and lay it at the feet of Christ, our lives will change. In Proverbs 3:5-6, the Bible says, “Trust in Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.
I know, you are used to doing everything by yourself and you think that you can. But you don’t have to. You are not alone. God is standing there with his outstretched hand waiting for you to ask Him for help. Just like when you asked someone for help with your homework when you were in middle school. Jesus even reminded us in Deut. 31:6 that “He would never leave us nor forsake us.” If you just pray and lay all of your worries, stress, and fear at His feet and ask Him to help you get through this transition period. He will. That’s what fathers do. Remember, He is your Heavenly Father. He loves you more than anything else. All you have to do is ask.
Trinity Dobbs is an aspiring actress, model, speaker, writer and fitness instructor based in Atlanta, GA. She uses the power of her testimony and her passion for others to help encourage them to keep going. Her goal is to love and encourage people and share the love of Christ with everyone. For without Him, we are nothing.