Stress on Display (Anna Kate Hawkins)

Stress on Display (Anna Kate Hawkins)

During my senior year of high school, I had an amazing opportunity to work at the local museum in my hometown where I was the secretary and helped create and put together new displays. In the fall of that year, my boss came to me asking if I would attend their board meeting to discuss a new project for the museum. I was the youngest person in that room by at least forty years, and let me tell you… it was absolutely nerve wracking. The president of the board discussed the project and then pointed to me asking if I would create a short-documentary for this project to be premiered in front of the county. Immediately my face turned tomato red. I didn’t know what I wanted to do, so I said I would think on it.

After stressing, praying, and being sad from not wanting to mess this up, I agreed to make the video for them. To this day… it is one of the best decisions I have ever made.       

Being a young adult comes with making decisions that can impact your life and direct where your path may lead. You have multiple doors opening around you and sometimes you may know what you want, but other times you fear making the wrong decision when you don’t know what you want. This can include deciding where to work, what college to go to, or simply what you’re going to eat. But why do we stress over these decisions?

During the few months of piecing together the video and stressing over every little detail, I tried my best to turn to the Lord in word and in prayer to ease my mind and heart. When I turned to the Bible to find encouragement I came across multiple verses that I still use today for my stress and sadness.

James is quite possibly my favorite book in the Bible. James 4:14-15 says: 

“…yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.'” 

When we are faced with trials or decisions that cause us stress it’s okay to have that feeling, but when we have the almighty God on our side we shouldn’t have to stress because His grace and faithfulness bring us comfort and joy.

Another verse that has helped me over the years is James 1:2-4, it says:

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

I encourage anyone who has any stress in their life (whether big or small!)  to turn to the Lord in word and prayer, knowing that He, and only He, can bring true peace.

(Bonus! Here’s some extra verses to look into relating to stress: John 14:27, Proverbs 16:3, Psalm 118:5-6, Matthew 11:28-30, Philippians 4:6-7)

Coming to us from Georgetown, Kentucky, Anna is a freshman here at WKU! She’s a film major, aspiring cinematographer, and is extremely passionate about anything creative. Anna’s favorite activity is swimming and her favorite person is her grandpa.