Do you ever feel guilty for being a Christian who isn’t “anxious for nothing”? Does having anxiety give you more anxiety because you feel like you’re not supposed to feel it? Lori was in the same boat until she discovered one thing that changed everything.
My marriage was in shambles. I was shoulering all of the responsibility of raising three kids, two of them teenagers (Lord help me!) all on my own. Working, cooking cleaning, carpooling, fixing, financing, supporting, loving, providing – it was all on me. My anxiety was through the roof, and I didn’y know what to do about it.
I was trying everything I could think of: counseling, meditation, medication, music, excercise, reciting Scriptures, you name it! Nothing seemed to take it away. Don’t get me wrong, it was definitely helping to do these things. I learned to use the tools I needed to get myself centered on Christ again. But I was still struggling. Looking back, one thing I realized I wasn’t trying was “not trying”.
If you search Scripture, you will find a ton of verses about worry. I know because I was looking for a magic formula to help me conquer it once and for all. In my search, I found something unexpected. You have to pay attention to see it, but in these verses there are implicit instructions from our Father to do nothing. Yes, seriously – nothing.
In Matthew 11:28NIV, Jesus says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” He is doing the work here, ot us. We just have to come to Him.
Again in Matthew 6:25-34 NIV, this famous passage tells us not to worry, for God even “clothes the grass of the field,” so how much more will He take care of us? We’re told to seek first his kingdom…and all these things will be given to us. That’s right – did you catch that? Given!
God is a giver. He has the answers, and He has our backs. Some things we just can’t do ourselves, but that is exactly how He designed it. For us to need Him.
All of those things I worried about worked out, one way or another. It wasn’t until I took a breath, rested, truly came to Jesus, got quiet, let go of all the details, told God that I trusted Him completely – and then learned to do nothing – that I finally found peace. Ultimately, my prayers became less about my situation an more abut my trust in Him.
If you need to do the same, I highly encourage you o rest in Him. You can trust Him. Here’s what I pray when I’m feeling overwhelmed by anxiety again:
I come to You today to ask for help. You are my everything. Lord, I need rest. I give You my worry. Take it, Lord. I accept Your peace, love, and understanding. Help me to turn to You and not to myself. Help me to stop doing and start trusting. Help me to wait on Your answers, because I know that they are good. Give me wisdom, hope, and peace. Thank you, Lord, for Your patience and grace. I love You, and I know You love me so much more than I could ever imagine.