(The following post came from a conversation with my wife, Dianna—she reluctantly agreed to pen some thoughts because I don’t believe in plagiarism! She understands people and their afflictions. I thought her observations blend well with the theme of this blog. After all, Bible prophecy is really about promises from God. Jesus Christ, who claims to be God, offers rest for our weary souls (Matthew 11:28). Thanks, Dianna, for this contribution!)
Anxiety. The name for the stalking, relentless wolf that eats away at your soul during waking hours, and sniffs the ground to find the path right into your dreams. Of all the negative emotions one can experience during this brief journey called life on Earth, anxiety is probably the toughest. Surely he wins “Employee of the Year” from Satan.
Oh yeah, he gets the special reserved parking place, a cruise and his picture on the company website. Part of his huge success is attributed to the great support staff he has available—Tremendous Worry, Fretting, Fear, Uncertainty, Insecurity. They pitch-in to give Anxiety their all. Excellent teamwork! You have to give them credit, because this Wolf never sleeps, doesn’t spend time on Facebook, never loses his focus, and never gives up!
Like a sniper, he crouches and waits until he has you in the cross-hairs. Then he goes in for the attack. Always looking for a soft spot to grab a bite from, and he knows exactly where that spot is. It can be in a different area of our lives for each of us. Some of us carry Anxiety’s teethmarks related to our family, or financial worries, emotional problems, health issues. The list goes on.
It seems no matter how many times we try to beat Anxiey back, he never goes very far. Very patient dude. We use a lot of weapons from the arsenal society makes available, and they come in many forms: pills, therapy, hypnosis, meditation, denial, etc. I like to think of them as the “Big Sticks.” Some help, some don’t. Some make the problem worse.
So what’s the answer? I don’t have it personally but I do know Someone that does. He also never sleeps, never gives up, never gets tired of reaching out to us. However, the huge difference is that instead of trying to devour our peace, He is offering peace. His name is Jesus. In the Bible (1 Peter 5:7 ) He tells us, “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” Notice the word “all.” Not just the huge things, but those little nagging worries also. So wad all those negative thoughts and fears into a ball and pass it over to Him. He’s got your back, and his arms are open because He cares.
When this planet is gone, and life as we know it no longer exists, there will only be peace and joy! Until then, keep fighting the good fight.