‘Apprehensive’ is the chief adjective being used to describe our approaches to starting school, phased return to work, church services, employment seeking, and finding a positive ‘new norm’.
Apprehension is being ‘anxious or fearful that something bad or unpleasant will happen’ – “he felt apprehensive about going home”; similar words are: anxious, alarmed, worried, uneasy, nervous, concerned, agitated, restless, on edge, fidgety, tense, strained, stressed, neurotic, panicky, afraid, scared, frightened, fearful, terrified, on tenterhooks, trepidatious.
Apprehension relates to perception or understanding. How we perceive, process and understand our situation can have numerous influences, including experience, personality, character, peers, family, culture, etc. Here is where ‘trump truths’ stored in your heart, psyche and soul can come into their own to wrestle fear to the ground and face the present and future with humble confidence. Here are some prime promises to learn ‘off-by-heart’:
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11 / NLT)
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28 / NIV)
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7 / NIV)
So how might I overcome my apprehension and fear of doing something?
Know your topic and what it is you’re going to do; Get organised, plan and practise how you’re going to do it; List and Challenge particular worries and concerns; seek encouragement and support from positive people who care, whom you respect and can learn from; Play your memorised ‘Trump Truth Cards’; PRAY: be still, breathe deeply, and allow God to weed out worry and lead you in trust and confidence, assured that He is in charge, loves you deeply and dearly, and wants the Best for you and yours. Sometimes, faced with overwhelming fearful emotions, medication from your doctor can help calm and assure, along with the faith, hope and love God provides. Also, ‘cognitive behavioural therapy’ (CBT) offers helpful tools to manage and process undue anxiety and fear.
It’s okay to be apprehensive about these next steps into an unknown future, indeed it is normal and natural! “Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track.” (Proverbs 3:5-6 / MSG) Comprehensive?