Peace family, what do you do when you feel anxious?
This morning, for no obvious reason, I suddenly felt very anxious: a tight feeling in my chest and a cloudiness in my mind with a sense of creeping dread, like you might have gotten as a child when a huge school project was on the horizon and you weren’t even sure where to begin, or when exactly it was due.
I don’t know what specifically causes these feelings, whether it’s a combination of stressful circumstances, lack of sleep, feeling behind in projects, or maybe even something as simple as needing more vitamins, but it is important to know Who I can count on when I feel this way.
If you feel overwhelmed or anxious today, remember that God is still Lord of the universe, even on your worst days. He is a God that can move mountains, and He is with you. Take a moment to take a few deep breaths and talk to him, and consciously submit your circumstances and life into his capable hands.
Scripture helps, too. In Matthew 11:28-30, Jesus says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (NIV) The Bible also says, “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.” (Philemon 4:6-8)
We all know that God doesn’t lie, so we ought to have confidence in his promises, myself included! God is faithful, and his truth will preserve us. Anyway, just a few thoughts from your friendly, neighborhood Kat.