Anxiety. It seems like everyone has it. It’s always “You know I’m an anxious person” or “I suffer from anxiety a lot.” And for some people it’s just a fancy word that they like to use but for some it is a daily struggle,it’s a war. Yet for others, it is more like an attack. Now if you have had an anxiety attack you know it is terrifying and overwhelming and you get panicky(panicky? is that a word?) and all that. And yet there are times the anxiety sneaks up on you slowly and starts suffocating you and then brings his friend depression who finishes you off and by the time you realize that you were under attack you are six feet under,covered by pain,guilt,anger,sadness,despair,hopelessness and lacking the energy to lift yourself up.
Doubt lures you, worry catches you and ties you up, anxiety holds you prisoner while depression whips you till you can’t fight anymore.In this day especially it is so easy for anxiety to sneak up on us. You wake up, read your bible and pray even have a mini worship session in the shower,heck, you even work out and your day starts on a high or maybe it starts out just ok. You try to think and talk positive, you embrace happiness and remind yourself that it is your choice and in your power to stay happy. You forget that you can’t do it on your own,you make God small in your eyes. It starts slowly; you hear that unemployment is rising, you hear that the sector you want to start a business in is over saturated, you hear that everyone failed that test, you see people dying from floods,fires and landslides, you hear rumors of an impending nuclear war, you hear that there is a food shortage and the earth is overheating. You don’t even realize you are beginning to panic,to doubt until you hear yourself say “It doesn’t matter, what happens happens” or “At least I have savings/I read/my parents are willing to support me.” But the easiest way for anxiety to attack is just a seed of doubt “Why do you want to get married if it feels like a prison and you’re going to divorce anyway?” “Why are you hoping for (insert prayer request) when there are people who are starving/dying in the world?” “Why would God bless you and yet you did (insert sin)?” Or even simpler, you get impatient; you decide to manipulate a situation or to ‘help yourself’ and start having contingency plans for if God doesn’t answer then at least I have this. So what do you do when all these is going on around you or in your head? How do you cure anxiety?
Cast your burdens:
2.Be still:The Psalmist in Psalm 46:10 tells us to be still and know He is God. Jesus calmed the storms by saying “peace, be still.” Being still does not come naturally for us as humans especially when you are anxious and troubled. We pace, we jog, we scream, we rant, we wallow; we have to do something. Sometimes the best thing to do is nothing. Take a deep breathe and do nothing. Is school stressing you?maybe skip a day. Is your job giving you ulcers?take leave. Is it the news cycle that keeps you in fear and worry?turn it off. Be still, especially when you are worrying about something that requires waiting; grades,marriage,job,birth of your child, a text back. Be still. Don’t get impatient when things get tangled up and blow a fuse. You will start yanking on one particular thread trying to get it undone and you will just tangle it up more. Breathe, step back and wait on the Lord; Be strong and take courage and wait. It is not weak to wait, to take a beat to compose yourself or for your mental health. Even when you are praying, keep quiet at some point and just listen.
In the stillness God will move and His will will prevail, in the quiet you will hear Him.