My recurring nightmare is about school. Classes are beginning and I either haven’t yet registered or have misplaced my books or failed to do my homework or can’t find my classroom. It seems there’s always something to worry about, whether in dreams or in real life, which is the fodder for those dreams.
When I was in elementary school, I used to lie awake worrying. For the life of me, I can’t remember what I worried about! But when I shared it with my mom, she gave me a Bible verse that has stuck with me all these years: Casting all your cares on him for he cares for you (1 Peter 5:7). David said much the same when his life was in danger: Give your burdens to the Lord, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall (Psalm 55:22, NLT). I love these verses and the beautiful songs that they have inspired. I first heard the former on a children’s recording, and the latter is set in Mendelssohn’s oratorio “Elijah.” For all ages and all styles, this reassurance of God’s care is our comfort.