Today I was having a pretty good day. And then came a slightly unsettling conversation, followed by a somewhat foreboding email. And just that quickly my day darkened. I felt a lot of anxiety. I was worrying. And I hate it when that happens. Can you relate?
As a Christian how are we to respond when life circumstances freak us out? When we find ourselves struggling with worry? We are certainly not immune just because we are believers.
I remember way back when I was in high school, my Sunday school teacher shared these verses with us:
6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
I remember her explaining that anytime we find ourselves worrying, that is a signal that we should instead be praying. That is great advice. I’ve learned that when I find myself stressed-out and worried I need to bring that burden to God. It really is amazing how much it helps. Spending time talking to him almost always gives me a new perspective – a much better sense of calm and a genuine hopefulness.
So this morning when the dark clouds came rolling in upon my spirit – I went for a walk around the block. I admitted my worry to God. I asked for his wisdom and peace. As a result, I was able to regain my focus for the day and no longer allow my joy and peace to be hijacked.
I highly recommend that the next time you find yourself worrying – take a few minutes to pray and give it to God; you won’t regret it!