I was going through an old blog and wanted to share where I was about 4 years ago – struggling with a lot of fear and anxiety without even really meaning to or realizing it:
“Recently, I’ve been shaken and aware of all of the evil and heartache in the world. Aware that at any time, my peaceful little world could come crashing down. In my mind I’ve been playing out scenarios of “what if” in an attempt to one-up the enemy and have a backup plan of my own for come what may. It’s truly ridiculous when you think about it, trying to plan for “what if” and “whatever” when you’ve no idea what that could even be. I’ve told myself that I’m not living in fear, just looking to be “prepared” both physically and emotionally for whatever calamity or tragedy might raise its head.
But what is that, really? It’s a worldly coping mechanism that takes the place of trust in God. I read a quote today that spoke tremendously to this:
Do not give in to fear or worry, those robbers of abundant living. Trust the Lord enough to face problems as they come, rather than trying to anticipate them. Fix your eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of your faith, and many difficulties on the road ahead will vanish before you reach them. Whenever you start to feel afraid, remember that He is holding you by your right hand. Nothing can separate you from His Presence!
Check it out: “Trust Me enough to face problems as they come, rather than trying to anticipate them.” Worrying (especially worrying about things that aren’t even reality) is evidence of a lacking faith and trust that He longs to fill. After all, He is the perfecter of our faith, right?
How absolutely clever of the enemy to steal the peaceful and joyful times of our lives by threatening us with the possibility of “what if”! If he can’t throw us under the wagon, at least he will create enough anxiety for us to miss out on the blessing of today!
Tomorrow will have worries of its own. I cannot know what they will be, but I mustn’t worry about them, either. Trust is letting go of “what if” and enjoying every bit of the blessing for today. And if and when the going does get rough, the Lord is holding my right hand and reassures me, “fear not, I will help you”.
After I wrote this, I experienced tremendous freedom and a burden lifted off of my shoulders. And guess what? NONE of the things I was worried about back then have ever happened. Imagine if I had continued carrying that weight and stress for four years of things that never materialized?!
I have since learned of some of the physical detriments of worry and anxiety and how important it is to learn to manage stress in a healthy way. Join me in Part 2 as we learn why managing stress is SO crazy important!!