Have you ever been suddenly flooded with fear? I have many times. Today, in fact. Do you get a sense of overwhelming dread or panic? That is the typical response for many. It can cause you to think of nothing else. Drive your day into a ditch. So what do we do when fear strikes?
I find myself so wrapped up in the fear, like a blanket, that I actually need someway to remove it. To throw it off. At times, doing research, or writing lists in reference to what is causing me fear or anxiety can help. Or working out a written plan for handling the situation. Sometimes this can work.
But there are often circumstances where we can’t work it out ourselves. No amount of figuring or working will help this situation. It is then, when we must realize WE are not in control of…well, much of anything. As hard as we may try or as much as we may think.
Though my rational self realizes this, when I am in a state of panic or fear, my irrational self doesn’t get it. I have to force myself to take a breath. My mind can get my body in such a tense state that I forget to breathe. I need to remind myself that God will work it out. Even if it doesn’t go the way I hoped, HE is there right beside me to help me get through it.
When fear strikes. Take a time out. Take a few long deep breathes. Figure out if this IS something you can deal with and make okay, or if it is completely out of your control. If it’s the first, then perhaps the writing down, list making, researching thing is a good option. If it’s the latter, you need to LET IT GO. Really. Give it over to God. Make a declaration out loud that you know, this is beyond your abilities and that you willingly hand over your troubles to Him as He has instructed us to do.
Matthew 11: 28-30. 28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
When fear strikes and lays itself upon you like a heavy blanket, take a deep breath and stretch out your arms and toss it off of you. Jesus will take it from there.