We live in a fast paced, stress-inducing, anxiety-filled world that oftentimes seems to shift beneath our feet. Some people find it difficult to trust in God because of past experiences. Others may be in a season in which God is deepening their character.
Yet when you take your eyes off of the Creator and place it on your circumstances, it’s easy to sink into worry and despair. That’s because everyone’s walk is different. Let me ask you… does anyone have the same identical fingerprint as you? How about the same DNA? No? Ok, one last question… did anyone go through the same emotional, physical and psychological experiences that you went through growing up? No? Really?
Then WHY – dear friend – do you look around at what God is doing in other people and compare your journey with theirs? Let’s look at what God says about YOU!
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5
When you feel stressed to the breaking point, and you will, return your thoughts to how much God loves you and His promises. No matter what challenge you are facing – whether it’s coordinating with the other mommies to try and get a playdate, caring for an elderly parent, praying that your finances will last until the end of the month, or showing God’s love to a critical coworker, God is with you.
The same God who created the universe will comfort and guide you, if you ask Him… so ask! Asking is proactive – that means prayerfully seeking and talking to Him, and reading what He says in His word. (It wouldn’t hurt to get outside and go for a walk either, and see the glory of His creation.) Then watch in amazement as your anxieties melt into the warmth of His loving hands.
“Worry and anxiety are sand in the machinery of life; faith is the oil” E. Stanley Jones.
Friends, we must always remember that the sovereign God of the universe is waiting for us to talk to him. He wants to take our questions, frustrations, anxieties away from us. Remember, if He provides for the precious little sparrows, how much more does our heavenly father care and provide for you and I?
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.” Philippians 4:6 KJV
There are no limitations when it comes to God.
May your anxieties dissipate as you walk in a sweet relationship with the one who knows, loves and cares for you so very much!
Christy Demetriades, Ph.D.