Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6-7
Ever felt like you aren’t in control? And it absolutely freaks you out?! One of the many things I have dealt with in my life is anxiety. I’m not sure if it’s because I like to be in control, or that I like to know what the typical outcome should be, or just fear the future. But it is something I have dealt with.
Sometimes, it’s not easy to come out and just let people know about it. I’ve had it so bad, I’ve found myself on the floor beside my bed just in tears because I was tired of constantly worrying about things; mostly stupid things!
Did you know that anxiety disorders affect nearly 18% of the population? That is around 40 million adults 18 and older! (source: National Institute of Mental Health)
I’m here to let you know, whether you are dealing with this or know someone who has, that you, or they, are not alone. There are many studies being done and have been done trying to figure out why people are dealing with anxiety. It could easily be because of the amount of stress that every day life puts on people, it could be diet and lack of exercise, and it could possibly be a chemical imbalance. And it usually leads to depression! No matter how it’s happening, it’s happening.
Anxiety can make you feel alone at times. Can make you feel crazy, especially if you share it with someone. Because, to you, what you are anxious about, seems very, very real. However, to the person you share the anxiety with, they may think you are overreacting. Anxiety makes what we worry about very real. And at times, gives us the “fight or flight” feeling.
Jesus is my rescue from anxiety.
When I find myself anxious, first thing I do is breathe, deeply. Then I remind myself of Colossians 4:6-7, that no matter what I’m worried about, I can give it to God, the Sovereign King of the Universe, to take care of it. I understand it sounds cheesy. I needed to keep reminding myself that I have to have faith in the One who works in my life. Because, here’s why:
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? – Romans 8:31
As Christians, God is absolutely for us. Everything that comes our way, every struggle we endure, every blessing we encounter, is for our good. God is ultimately for our good because He is for us. I can be reminded in knowing that I don’t have to worry about tomorrow because no matter what comes my way, God is using it for my good.
Christ has done the work to bring us back to the Creator of the Universe. Christ has paid the price so that we can trust in Him and be reconciled to God, the Sovereign King. God has always been for us. From the beginning, His plan was Jesus. He knew we would screw it up! He knew sin would come! He also knew that Christ would need to come! That’s God! He knows tomorrow because He’s there! God is ultimately for our good, because if He wasn’t, then Jesus wouldn’t have come. Thanks be to God for the ultimate sacrifice that was paid so that I can be reconciled to God! He takes my anxieties by giving me a peace that is unable to be understood and that peace is knowing that He’s in control, and that He’s ultimately for our good.
So be encouraged! Anxiety is a real thing. I deal with it daily. I fight it with scripture. It’s the Enemy trying to steal my joy of Christ (John 10:10)! But, Christ has already won! God is for us, Christian! Revel in that!