I am SO overwhelmed!

Maybe you pace or sweat.  Or, you might chew your nails or twirl your hair.  Some people cry… and some rage.  Whether we like to admit it or not, we all face moments where we are weighed down with anxiety.  

Webster’s defines anxiety as “an abnormal and overwhelming sense of apprehension and fear often marked by physiological signs (as sweating, tension, and increased pulse), by doubt concerning the reality and nature of the threat, and by self-doubt about one’s capacity to cope with it.”

Quite a lot – isn’t there? In that definition, there is so much “I”.  It is our own perception, our own doubts and our own capacity to cope.  We all have our limitations and this world’s stresses often test them.  Don’t you wish there was something bigger and more powerful to count on?

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.  Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”  I Peter 5:6-7 

It starts with humbling ourselves and admitting we don’t have all the answers.  It includes taking what troubles us and giving it to God.  The word used for “cast” is translated from “epiriptō” which means “to throw upon, to place upon, to give up” – it implies the heaviness that burdens put upon you.  But that heaviness is what God wants to take from you.  He promises to carry even the heaviest burden and with his mighty hand, he promises to left you up too.

Lord God, forgive us and our stubbornness.  We so often feel as though we must carry our anxieties and that we can handle them better than you.  Help us, Lord, to truly humble ourselves and allow you to show us your mighty hand.  Help us to give you all our anxieties and to be strengthened by you.  Your Word promises us that you will lift us up – we ask for the patience to wait on your timing.

Blessings, Michele

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