My soul waits in silence for God only; from Him is my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I shall not be greatly shaken. Psalm 62:1-2 (NASB)
Let’s just call him “Javier”. A little boy of Hispanic heritage is sitting in my office at Christian Creative Learning Academy (CCLA) and his sweet mom is telling me his story and why she wants to enroll him in our small school. “Javier” has an anxiety disorder and panics easily. His history in elementary school has been overwhelming. He became extremely fearful of other kids who bullied him mercilessly. In a class of 30 students he got lost and shut down; she was at her wits end. Someone told her about our little school and that the class sizes were very small.
Not being familiar with a Christian school at all I explained to her that her son would not only be learning his academics but he would also be learning about Jesus through Bible stories, chapel and scripture memory. She was fine with that because as a child she had attended some Sunday school. This precious mom also had a myriad of health issues and relied on her 2nd grade son to care for her. This little guy was growing up too fast. When he finally spoke I realized he had the vocabulary of a 40 year old.
Enrollment papers signed Javier started school the following Monday. CCLA’s 2nd grade class had a whopping 9 children in attendance. What a blessing for this budding wordsmith. All he needed was an environment that was nurturing and non-competative. Soon he was making friends and settling down into a manageable routine. It did my heart good to see him playing with the other children. He was accepted and loved but the best part of all was that he was taking to the Bible like a duck to water!
As life would have it his mom took a turn for the worse and was hospitalized. That was when his father was re-introduced into his life. That would prove to bring strife and conflict between the parents putting Javier in the middle. As his mom was sobbing in my office I reassured her we would not “kick him out” if the bill wasn’t paid on time. She told me she let Javier know that he may have to go back to “regular” school because his father might not pay. Why would she put that on an already very anxious little boy? I deduced because she was just still a child herself in pain and full of fear. We prayed together and I shared scripture with her about God’s provision. Her son was flourishing in this environment. We would trust God together for His provision.
I have to tell you that kid had a way with words. He was always saying something to crack us up. He was a little boy but what came out of his mouth would sound so “old soul”. That is why one day he schooled us on anxiety. As we were talking about his mom’s situation with his classmates and asking them to pray I asked him how he felt about sharing. Was he anxious? His exact words were “Why have a panic attack? God’s in the room!” Immediately I threw a huge private celebration in my heart and mind thanking God for what He had done for this scared, shaken little boy. Through chapel, Bible stories, a loving praying teacher and welcoming classmates this 2nd grader flourished. He was not greatly shaken any more. He knew in his heart that God was in the house!! God would take care of him in all circumstances.
Beloved when you go to the “panic room” in your mind before you push that big red button I want you to remember the words of a little frightened 2nd grader who learned from the Master “Why have a panic attack? God’s in the room”. King David said that because God was his rock, his salvation and his stronghold he would not be greatly shaken. He goes on to say in verse 6 “He is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I shall not be shaken.” So remember when something is repeated in scripture it means LISTEN I REALLY MEAN IT! That’s why Jesus said “verily verily” which means LISTEN UP! If God is your rock, salvation and stronghold you will not be greatly shaken and if you find yourself in a situation that might become an earthquake remember “God is in the room”. ❤️ #whenyouwalkwiththewise