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Susan Carroll glanced in the rearview mirror at her second-grade son as they pulled into the parking lot on the first day of school. He seemed okay, but she had had false hope before.

For the past two years, both in kindergarten and first grade, Paul had awakened every school morning begging to stay home. He pleaded with Susan in the car, tears spilling down his cheeks. Day after day, she walked him to class where the teacher had to pry him away. Mother and son were both miserable.

Susan prayed, “Dear God, I can’t take this for another year.” Of course she had prayed about the situation from the start and wondered why God was taking so long to step in. Just when it seemed Paul’s confidence was growing, he would have a setback. During the summer Susan had read a couple of child-care books that offered helpful suggestions. She was even able to find counseling for Paul. He seemed to be maturing.

But as they approached the drop-off point at school, Susan was the one who was a nervous wreck. She pulled the car to a stop. Paul took a deep breath and said, “Bye, Mom.” Then he jumped from the car and raced to be with his friends. He hadn’t even looked back. Susan says, “As sudden as the moment felt, our victory had been a long struggle. God doesn’t always make our problems disappear. He takes us through them, teaching us to trust him as we go.” 

Your back to school trauma may not be as severe as Susan and Paul, but perhaps you’ve been going through a long term struggle just like them. Remember, God will help you if you let Him.