Confession: I freak out regularly.
It starts off innocently enough: Hmmm, I wonder if that was the best thing to do. Maybe I shouldn’t have done such and such. Perhaps I should have done that instead. How am I going to fix that? How can I ensure that result? What if that happens instead? What if I can’t control that? What if I can’t prevent that from happening? What if…, how am I going to…, when will I ever… It turns into a full blown freaking out session in which I sound suspiciously like Chicken Little. The sky is falling! the sky is falling!
Upon reaching the bottom of this anxious spiral, if there even is such a thing, I cannot get myself back out. Freaking out or falling into depression feel like the only options. Unfortunately for me, I usually choose both. I get anxious over whatever situation I am dwelling on, whether real or imagined, and I get depressed about the future. Why I go down this road over and over again is a very good question, but I do… and I wear myself out doing it.
Thankfully, there is an antidote.
Be still and know that He is God.
In Psalm 46:10 God tells us to “be still and know that I am God.” — To ‘be still’ means to cease striving, to relax, to let drop, to let go of your grip, be quiet, be unable. Be unable? That is something I can do!
STOP… and know God.
Cease striving and know that God is working.
Relax and know that God’s got you.
Let it go and know that God will carry it.
Be quiet and know that God is good.
Be unable and know that God is able.
One might argue that anxiety isn’t something you can simply ‘stop’, and they would be right…almost. We must choose to both be still AND know that He is God. Stop focusing on the source of your anxiety and focus on the source of your hope. Remember who it is that you serve. Remember His goodness, His grace, His love for you. Remember what He has done in the past. Realize that He is present in the midst of all our anxiety. Be unable and know that God is able. How profoundly simple.
So to all my fellow freaks, ahem…I mean to say, to all those who freak out, Jesus gently lifts your face to His and says: “Relax, I’ve got this.”