Cast all your anxiety on because he cares for you.
~ 1 Peter 5:7
We all know a little bit about worry. In the movie Steel Magnolias, one of the characters, Shelby, turns to her mother and shares, "I never worry because I know you're worrying enough for the both of us."
Why is it that we worry and experience anxiety? When you think about it, the Bible is full of scriptures to turn to when we feel worried or anxious. It serves as a reminder that every generation has experienced these feelings.
Ultimately the stories and quotes remind and encourage us to trust in the love and power of God in order to find peace.
Let's face it, life can simply be overwhelming at times, especially in today's ever-increasing complexity. If you then add worry and anxiety to the complexity, then life can seem to be a real struggle.
Learning to take time to breathe, have a time of meditation, and being able to talk about the things that bring on worry and anxiety can be ways to overcome worry and anxiety.
For me, I sometimes must remind myself to, "not let my heart be burdened, but trust in God." (John 14:1)
It is not always easy, but believing that God will be present does seem to help.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2018
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain at Essential Hospice, Webster, Texas, and is an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.