When Worries Plague Us, Where Do We Turn?
Twisted Like a Pretzel
Your heart is racing. You are having trouble catching your breath. It feels like someone is twisting your insides and sweat is starting to form on your forehead. It feels like the world is closing in and you are stuck in a black hole. There is no way out of this feeling. There is no way out of your mind. You are having a panic attack.
Anxiety and worry are the catalysts of a panic attack. Sometimes we do not even see that we are so caught up in our minds until that moment catches up to us. Jesus tells us often in His word to not worry and to not be anxious for anything (Philippians 4:6) and yet, here we are. I can relate on such a deep level with this, as I struggle with my mind, thoughts and fears on a daily basis. One of the first things I remember when I feel a panic attack coming on is where I currently am. I look around me and take in the sights and smells. I look outside the window and around the room. It helps me re-focus. During an onset of a panic attack it is crucial to remember that you are OKAY and safe.Anxiety and fear plagues us. It plagues us from living the lives that God intended for us to live. It plagues us from being the son and daughter we are called to be.
From Where Does Our Help Come From?
You are not alone. Not alone in your struggles, not alone in your mind. Jesus is looking out to you with outstretched arms. He is waiting for you to fully surrender and trust Him in every situation. The outcome may look uncertain or even bad. But He tells us in Romans 8:28 that He will work out all things for the GOOD of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.ALL things! There is not one thing you are dealing with that God does not know about. He is all knowing and all loving. He can take your anxious thoughts and replace them with peace. He can take your struggles and replace them with victory. You have to let Him.
Psalm 56:3- "When I am afraid, I put my trust in you."
Jesus Died For You
It is hard to trust anyone in this world. We are then asked to trust a God that we cannot see. That is the beauty of it and the beauty of the Holy Spirit. We cannot see Him but we can certainly feel Him. Jesus died for you and for every sin you have committed and will commit. What a beautiful picture of our Savior, who loves us so much that He is patient with us as we stray away and is forgiving when we fall short. I encourage you to pick up your bag of worry and anxiety and drop it at the foot of the cross. We are called to come to Him, all who are carrying heavy burdens and He will give us rest. Eternal rest.
2 Timothy 1:7- "For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind."
My name is Catrina Farrar. I am a grateful believer in Jesus Christ. I have so many struggles that consume me daily sometimes. I have to lay them down at the feet of Jesus and remember who's I am. I have been married to my sweet and loving husband for almost five months. We have two cats and a dog :) I love to write and encourage others through that and my YouTube channel. I have a passion for volunteering and serving. I am a sucker for a romance movie and chocolate!