“Now it’s dark and I’m alone, but I won’t be afraid in my room, in my room.” – In My Room, The Beach Boys
I stared at the ceiling in my new dorm room. It was a ‘single’, meaning I lived by myself. My parents had helped me move my stuff in and buy a few necessities. I had met a few of the guys in my corridor, but there I was – in my room by myself. 24 hours earlier, I had gone to sleep in the same bed I’d had since I was a little boy. In the same house I’d lived in since I was two years old. The only home I’d known. And now, as I stared at the ceiling and tried to get used to the noises of a new place, I understood that everything had changed. Life as I knew it would never be the same again. I would go home to visit on the occasional weekend, on holidays, and for the summer, but for all intents and purposes, I had left home.
I wasn’t really scared or particularly excited. It was sort of a haunting feeling, coupled with a determined faith. During a moment of nervousness in the days before I left home, my sister reminded me that I had no reason to fear because God was already there. Wherever you go in life, He is already there. It doesn’t hurt to ask Him to go ahead of you and prepare a path for you, but rest assured, if you trust in Him, He will.
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me… I am going there to prepare a place for you.” – John 14; 1,2
So, whatever daunting task or overwhelming adventure is headed your way, whatever fearful voice is whispering in your ear, your task is simply this:
- Fear not.
- Trust God.
- Move forward.
He is already there.