Cast your burden on the Lord [release it] and He will sustain and uphold you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken (slip, fall, fail).
PSALMS 55:22 AMP
This past week, it felt like things were going so fast, i couldn’t keep up. Between having to sort out my school, go to work, come up with a blog post at the scheduled time , practise the piano and have my dance classes. My brain was on overdrive. I was not sleeping much. To top it , something not so good happened. You can imagine how anxious i must have been.
At that moment, i realized three things,
1. Our frustration sometimes is not necessarily at our life but at our expectations for our lives. In other words, we try to fix and navigate life according to our desires and will without trying to know what God’s thoughts are and wait on His timing.
2. We shift the shepherd role of Jehovah to a human more often than not and because of this, we freak out when our expectations on the person does not materialise because we think if it does not happen that way, through the person, things will be ruined. Now, unconsciously we place hope in a human being. What a miss!
3. Sometimes our anxiety is from within not without. Yes, we know God loves us, has good things in store for us and can protect us. Yet, a part of us still think we will mess things up. We believe we have to ‘toughen’ up always to bear the struggle.
Meanwhile, it was never meant to be this way for Christ is always there to bear the weight we cast on Him so He can take care of it.
Casting all your cares [all your anxieties, all your worries, and all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares about you [with deepest affection, and watches over you very carefully].
1 PETER 5:7 AMP
It shook me because i realized anxiety in most cases is pointless. Everything was fine and just one minor mishap, i am tensed? Though, It is difficult not to worry if you are the type that cares about everything. (Hello Me!). Many at times, i have to calm myself. Pause. Stop. Breathe
Thankfully, we have the HolySpirit to help us.
So how do we deal with anxiety?
Everyday, I remind myself of my heritage in Christ and the pillar of support i have in Him. On Christ the solid rock i stand, all other ground is sinking sand. To stand on a solid rock means nothing can shake us or pull us down. Every thing which may look like a pitfall or delay to us is likely to be a step to our destination.
God made the promises. He will bring them to pass. Remember your promise to me; it is my only hope. Your promise revives me; it comforts me in all my troubles.
Psalms 119:49-50 NLT
We need to stop trying to help Him. He knows what He is doing.
Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God. He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises.
Romans 4:20-21 NLT
Our worry can change nothing. Jesus points out the futility of anxiety here;
Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things?
Luke 12:25-26 NLT
It will only rob us of peace. We worry when we try to figure out life and situations by our own power.
There are things we can remedy, there are also situations nothing can be done about. Either way, God is in control.
God’s care is not what we read about and drop off as soon as we close our bible. It is real. This brings to mind Elijah. God cared even to his meal. He sent a raven with food to Elijah with the specific instruction to eat and rest. He knew Elijah was weighed down so He took care of it. How loving is our God!
Step back.. Can we be a little more like children who despite not knowing where their next meal will come from run about carefree? This is not saying to discard all your responsibilities but we cannot control life.
God is in the center of it all. Submit your heart to His word. It will strengthen you.
Slow down. The world would not come to an end when we do.
One day at a time, friends.
Review your plan and take it slow. Make decisions not to overload your to-do list, also plan towards your goals. For example, if you want to get a new car, save towards it.
If you have trouble with finances, find a way to save more by being stringent with spending. This will cut down unnecessary pressure. What are your pressure points? Identify them. We can do this.
Let faith lead your path.
You are loved 💜💛💚