Be still with Anxiety
"Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses every thought, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus."
- Philippians 4:6-7
As we all know, current events have led to mass fear and worry overtaking many across the planet which is understandable. Worry is something that I don't do, but there is one thing I been struggling with recently; anxiety.
Over the years, I've fashioned myself to be high speed. I don't like to delay with getting things done, I tend to navigate around issues quickly, and I use common sense to cut down on never ending conversations to get to the heart of the issue. My biggest triggering point is that I especially don't like to wait on somebody else to do their part so I can get things accomplished (I know...crazy, right?). The current global situation has only exacerbated my anxiety because there are a lot of upcoming changes that will occur in the next 90 days:
- Moving to a new state for new employment and all the logistical planning to get there safely
- Getting acclimated to the culture of a new city and state
- Deciding on where to live (apartment or home) and whether or not to plant permanent roots
- Employment opportunities for my wife
- My kids getting re-adjusted to the upcoming transition (saying see you later to current friends and making new friends)
- Finding suitable medical clinics for our specific needs
- A host of other things
All of these include their own sub-tasks that have to be accomplished, and I have to manage the stress that major changes levies upon a family. If it's not obvious, my anxiety has been triggered for about 2 months now. As the scripture above states, I had to exercise my patience with things that weren't in my control and that required a lot of praying (I mean A LOT, A LOT).
Let it be the same for you. As followers of God, we can cast our cares upon Him should our burden get too heavy for us. A family emergency, a major life transition, or a global pandemic is a good reminder for us to seek Him when pressed on all sides. Trust Him and He will trade your stress and anxiety for peace and comfort. It's either that or be crushed like a grape from your desire to control things outside of your influence. I'm sure you don't want that.