“Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)
My parents sat me down and told me that I was not going to be going back to my boarding school where I had attended 9th-11th grades. I would be starting a new school for my senior year where I knew no one. I was devastated, angry, scared, and very sad. I knew my parents had my best interest at heart and that they wanted our family to be together for my senior year, but I loved my boarding school, and I would really miss my best friends.
The week before my new school began, I was nervous of the unknown. Who would be my friends? Would I be accepted? Would I like my new teachers? Would I fit in? These were all the questions that haunted me, but I kept remembering Isaiah 41:10. I was not alone – God was with me, and He would help me. I was starting a new school, but it was a Christian school, just like my boarding school had been. I knew the other kids would be loving and kind, and I knew that God would bless me with new friends.
Our senior class started off the school year with a Senior Retreat. We sang Christian songs, read scripture, played games, and came up with a “Senior Verse,” which we refer to as our senior motto. It is Matt 18:12 “What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off?” I immediately felt connected to a group of strangers. Everyone was kind and accepting, and I knew it was going to be a great year. God was with me the whole time, and I know that no matter what obstacles I face in my life, God will always be by my side.