Have you noticed how worry has a way of sucking the joy out of your life? Sometimes we can be so consumed by worry that it is literally hard to breathe. It does not have to be a huge crisis that we are worrying about; even the minute daily details can leave us miserable if we are not careful. Have you been there? Are you suffocated by worry right now?
About five years ago, I found myself being consumed by worry. I could not get past it. I was inundated with what seemed like an unbearable amount of pressures and worrisome situations. I vividly remember staring out the window feeling like someone was squeezing the air out of my lungs; I could not breathe. I was trying to figure out how I could get myself out of the grip of worry. My thought process was, “I am a man. I can figure my way through these difficult situations.” I was letting the weight of all my worries build-up, and I was suffering in my own stubbornness.
As I stared out the window (I may have been banging my head on the glass), God said, “Hey, I did not design you to be consumed by worry! Quit trying to carry the difficulties of life on your own. Give your burdens to me. Trust me to help you through them.” I instantly stopped banging my head on the window and started praying. I poured my worries out to God; I gave Him every single one of them. I cannot even explain to you the immediate peace that God gave to me. I could breathe again, and the weight of my worries was gone. The difficult situations were still there, but God taught me I did not have to face them alone. He was with me every step of the way; I just needed to give them to Him and trust Him with the outcome.
Since that life-changing day, God has greatly helped me deal with my problem of worrying; He reminded me of the instruction and promise of Philippians 4:4-7 to help me understand how to deal with worry. Do not get me wrong, I still battle with worrying, but He has helped me grow to a place where I at least know how to battle it.
“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
We have an almighty, all-powerful God that is greater than any worry we may have. He wants us to trust Him with our worries. His desire is that we go to Him with all of our problems. Do not let worry suffocate your joy. Give your worries to God. He will help you through them. Remember: “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”