I have been working every day for the last month in preparation for taking some well deserved time off. Anyone that knows me will acknowledge the fact that I probably work harder than I really need to, but a strong work ethic has always been a foundation in my life.
I can still hear my dad telling me to “always do a good job and you will succeed.” Unfortunately, my work ethic and desire to do that job well backfires on me from time to time, leaving me exhausted, and well…out of sorts. Case in point, the other day when I came home from work, I turned on the television and then sat down at my computer to do some personal business. I was about to hone in on what I needed to do when all of a sudden an overwhelming sense of anxiety came over me. My mind started to race with all these thoughts, and my heart was pounding.
It’s a good thing I recognized the signs of a full-on panic attack. While it had been a while since I felt like this, and given my pending holiday, I really needed to come up with a quick solution to fix what was about to happen. So, I did the one thing I knew would help…
I asked the Lord to take away these horrible feelings that were overcoming me. I knew in my heart when no one else is able to do so, He can.
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. ~ Peter 1:5-7
Within about 30 minutes, it all stopped. I was able to center myself and the anxiety left just as quickly as it came. Praise God!
The moral to this tale…no matter what, give your anxiety, your worries, and everything else up to the Lord. He cares for you and will make it all okay. If He can do it for me, then He will do it for you.