So many of us struggle at some point our life with some sort of anxiety.
What does anxiety actually mean?
“Anxiety is a word we use to describe feelings of unease, worry and fear. It incorporates both the emotions and the physical sensations we might experience when we are worried or nervous about something. Although we usually find it unpleasant, anxiety is related to the ‘fight or flight’ response – our normal biological reaction to feeling threatened.”
These feelings are perfectly normal if we are about to face nervous situations like sitting an exam, public speaking an interview and so on. However, what can be very problematic is when these feelings are becoming more often present in our lives. It becomes a problem when we no longer want to do certain things due to not being able to control the fear and worry. It is a problem when it truly affects our daily lives.
We worry about so many things- what people think about us, do we look fit, are we healthy, do we have enough money.
If you are susceptible to worry – You can literally worry about anything as it can be limitless.
” Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:6-8
We all have different coping strategies – you may go out with friends as you don’t want to be alone, some people would actually want to be alone and take a nap or go to bed early to avoid worrying.
But does it work? We can postpone it but it doesn’t go away.
How to get rid of worrying?
Cry out to the Lord in your prayer. Tell Him how you truly feel. There are no masks like smile that you can just put on your face and none would ever think you are going through depression, anxieties, addictions etc. We can come to Him with all our imperfections because He cares for us and He can take care of our issues.
There is no need for any masks! With God, we cannot be vulnerable because we are in safest hands possible.
We often think we are able to deal with things by our own strength. Sometimes yes we can, but when something is just too much for us to bear He can take our burden.
We need to change our priorities – in Matthew 6:33 we read to seek God and His kingdom first and all these things will be added unto you.
And it is ok that you feel something is too much. No matter your age, we deal with things that can be just too overwhelming. The weight of our problems can be placed onto God. He is powerful enough to take this burden.
I have no idea where I would be without Jesus. I would worry even more than I do now!
He does truly care about us. For us, He was on the cross! We are so valuable that the Father gave us His only son for our redemption and salvation.
“So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble on its own.” Matthew 6:34
There are two most known thieves in our lives: yesterday and tomorrow.
God doesn’t want us to worry about yesterday and about tomorrow, however, we spend a lot of time doing so, it is a waste of time. We have this voice within full of shame and critic which can really affect us. I am not saying to be careless but do your part and then let God do the rest.
All of us face difficult situations. What can be different though is our perception of this situation. Many times we can see problems which are really out of proportion because we choose to see it this way!
We actually have a choice to make – we can sink in our misery or get on our knees and pray.
His promise is that He will give us peace but we have to allow Him to do so.
You can find comfort in scriptures and I assure you it will get better if you do not stop believing that Jesus will heal you. It may not happen today, tomorrow or when we feel Jesus presence but you will never know unless you keep asking for it and keep BELIEVING.
“ 22And he said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. 23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing.24 Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! 25 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?[a] 26 If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest? 27 Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin,[b] yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 28 But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! 29 And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. 30 For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31 Instead, seek his[c]kingdom, and these things will be added to you.
32 “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Luke 12:22-34
What Jesus wants us to realise is that we cannot forget who our Father is. If we do all we can and trust God for the outcome, then there is no reason to worry. We shouldn’t think in the same way as people who do not have a relationship with Him.
It is never a case that God does not want to heal or do not have time for it. Every healing reveals God’s glory. In our sufferings, in waiting for God’s move, we get closer to Him.
When we think we can do things with our own strength and sufferings, then our weakness is exposed. It is usually then when everything seems to crumble around us we lean on God as our strength and ask Him for help. Bible keeps reminding us we are not ALONE.