Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, 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
Anxiety is something that many people struggle with – including me. I’m not particularly depressed, but I have a black belt in anxiety. God tells us what to do when we begin to have irrational thoughts and feel pressure as thoughts of the future seem to overwhelm us in the present. We need to pray – be thankful to God and tell Him what we need. If we will do that, He has promised to give us peace – the peace of God, which transcends all understanding. It’s a peace that will guard our hearts and our minds in Christ Jesus.
I’m not boasting, but my doctor has asked me for years if I want some medication for anxiety – but I have said no. I’m going to do what Dr. Jesus prescribes. He has seen me through and has never let me down. I want my heart to be less stressed, less worried, less overwhelmed and less uncertain about the future. I want a healthy happy heart that prays and is thankful for the present. God’s Holy Spirit is the present in my present. He’s in control of today and tomorrow. Yesterday doesn’t matter – it’s over. No amount of thinking or praying, for that matter – can affect yesterday.
I’m also going to cut myself some slack about my anxiety issues. I was reminded today that everyone has some degree of anxiety about the future – it’s a very human condition. While I know the answer to anxiety is definitely prayer, I also realize I’m human – so human.
So… I’m going to make a real effort to focus on RIGHT NOW. Dr. Jesus says to lean on Him and not on my understanding. He already knows about tomorrow and doesn’t think it’s necessary for me to know about future events. I’ll tell you… right now – I’m in a warm house with a computer that works. I’m paying my bills on time and drinking a hot cup of coffee. I’m saying a prayer of thanks to God… I thank Him for right now. He is good. He’s always been so good to me. 🙂