This was it. The last minute of my last final on the last day of the school year. Nobody was leaning over their test paper and feverishly working to complete one more answer. Everybody had dropped their pencils and they all were chatting about summer vacation.
“I’m ready for the beach, I need a tan!”
“We have this great camping trip planned. …”
“Sleeping in till noon. … can’t wait!”
Finally the last bell buzzed throughout the school, causing a stampede for the front door. Yet I wasn’t nearly as excited as everyone else. Don’t get me wrong. I loved the fact that there weren’t any late-night cramming sessions, early morning classes, or bad cafeteria food during the summer. But I was worried the relationships I’d worked so hard to build would just crumble over the summer. I would hardly see my friends all summer long. I’d either be with my family, working at my part-time job, or on a vacation trip. Worries swirled around in my head:
Would my friends forget about me?
Would they ignore me when school started in the fall?
Would they drop me for new friends they’d made during the summer?
A verse I’d once memorized suddenly popped into my head:
“So don’t worry, because I am with you. Don’t be afraid, because I am your God. I will make you strong and will help you; I will support you with my right hand that saves you” (Isaiah 41:10, NCV).
It was amazing. It was like God had just spoken directly to me and had said he was there for me! He cared about me. He didn’t want me to spend my summer worried about whether or not my friends would be around next September. He would take care of me, and that included taking care of my need for friends. It was like a huge, rock-filled backpack was lifted from my shoulders.
As I pushed open the school doors and walked out to my car, I felt a little more excited about my three-month break.
Before I’d turned the key to unlock my car door, I saw a group of girls rushing my way. They hugged me. They encouraged me to keep in touch. Their smiles told me how much they cared about me. It was kind of like God knew I needed this reassurance. I suddenly felt all warm and happy inside.
I knew God was there beside me, even as I drove off and left my friends standing in the school parking lot. He would always be there for me.
Summer break wasn’t going to be so bad after all.
This summer, Allison plans to spend a week at a church youth conference, and she also hopes to spend some time listening to her favorite artists.
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