Thursday, February 26, 2009

Philippians Relief

Over the last few days...since this past Sunday, actually...I have been struggling with my anxiety. I can't really pinpoint why, as hard as I try. There is nothing in particular I'm stressed over. It's like I just have this panicked feeling inside and it won't go away. I know everyone tends to have his or her own view of whether or not anxiety is in itself a sin and if its cause is genetic, environmental, a sin issue, or a mix of these, but this is beside my point. The point is that I'm struggling and I need a way out.

Two nights ago I decided to take a hot bath and just meditate on God and spend some time with Him. It seemed like the only possible cure. It was amazing what it did for me. My soul completely calmed down and I felt ok the rest of the evening. Apparently I should have done the same thing last night, because the anxiety is back full force this morning. Since I obviously can't leave work to go home and take a hot bath, I thought it would be good to meditate on the two Scripture passages that were on my mind during that bath two nights ago. I wanted to share them with you, just in case anyone else happens to be feeling very overwhelmed right now (even if, like me, you have no reason to be overwhelmed and can't figure out why you are).

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
- Philippians 4:13 (NKJV)

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
- Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)

Really think about these two Scripture passages. Put them together. See if you can find the relief I did.

God is amazing. :)

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