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.

Philippians 4: 6, 7

 

There are days, sometimes strings of days, where the background noise in my head is the buzzing sound of worry, concern, and anxiety. It forms an uneasy and an unsettling sense of almost random motion inside of my body; for, it is like all of the drops of blood in my veins have decided to seek their own, individual courses through me and nothing is working with the harmony that it should. This tension consumes energy and depletes focus. It makes me indecisive, and it makes me irritable, too. This is not a pleasant feeling.

 

The crazy thing about this state of mind is that I know the answer for it. I have been in this place before, in fact, I have been there too many times to really count. The resolution to this sort of disabling anxiety has always been the same. Still, my nature just seems to need to get to this place and then to stay there long enough so that, in the end, I can’t possibly claim ownership over the resolution. The issues that cause the concern can be specific, and they can be general. They are singular concerns, and they are many. They may be little things, and they may be very large; yet, their resolution is always the same. The specific answers vary widely, but the resolution does not.

 

Christ tells us that we need to take our worries, concerns, and challenges to Him. There really is no need for them to grow and to multiply until they become anxiety, but, at least for me, that seems to be the way that I function. Maybe, in truth, this is the way that I dysfunction; still, it is the way that I am. Even then, God tells me to come to Him. He doesn’t judge me for my holding on to things for longer than I really needed to. Instead, He tells me that I can open my heart to Him and let go of the worry. The Lord will provide the answers. All of the concerns, issues, and situations that can cause my stomach to churn and my hair to turn grey have resolution in the calm wisdom that the Lord brings to my mind and to my heart. There is nothing that He does not go through with me, and there is nothing that He does not have an answer for.