Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, 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
I caught myself the other day feeling very anxious. It’s a thing for me lately. Well for about the last 15 years or so actually. The more seasoned I become in life, you would think the wiser and less anxious I would be. Unfortunately for me, the stakes just seem higher at every corner and anxious thoughts and feelings often over take me. I have come to hate it. I feel overwhelmed by it. It makes me feel weak. It makes me feel like I have no control over it. And being a woman, you know I hate that.
The other day, I wanted to figure out where this root of anxiety was coming from. Was it this season of my life? Maybe. Was it hormones? Quite possibly. Was it just life these days with all the social media and negative news? Definitely doesn’t help matters any. But, after searching the scriptures, this is what I came down to … fear. Fear is the root of my anxiety. I’m afraid something won’t be like I want it. I’m afraid myself or someone I care about will have to suffer. I’m scared that I won’t measure up or succeed in the things I have started. Fear, fear, fear.
And when I am fearful, here comes the anxiety. And boy does it come. From heart palpitations to thinking “I just can’t do this today”. From backing out of certain situations to not doing what God has called me to. It’s a thing.
In the Bible, over and over again, even from our Savior himself, we see the words “fear not.” Why would He say it so many times, unless He knew this would be such an easy trap for us to fall into? God knows our world and He knows how he made us. He knows it is tough to live out this crazy life and not be in fear. That’s why He gives us His Word and His Spirit to make this life livable.
Then Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?’ Luke 12:22-26
I don’t know what you are worried about today. I’m not sure what causes you to fear. But I know this, God is on His throne. He sees your struggle and it doesn’t frighten or scare Him one little bit. Let’s surrender our fears and anxieties to him today and in return we can live!
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30