Maybe you've felt this way at times too. It's that horrible feeling of anxiety. Dread. Fear. Worry. It all seems to settle in the pit of my stomach and I can almost taste it. I get busy for a while and it seems to go away, but when I pause, it all comes rushing back.
There is only one way for me to effectively deal with anxiety - prayer. Praying through God's promises, remembering His faithfulness to me, and believing the Truth of His Word.
I know of no other way to calm a storm of anxiety, which is what I experienced after my Doctor's appointment this afternoon. As usual, I had good news and bad news, and I thought I was doing fine with what I had heard. Nothing really new; nothing I hadn't heard or read about concerning my liver condition. The same 'no cure, no treatment, wait and see' kind of stuff.
Suddenly, it hit me. I was assailed by fear.
I should have found some quiet and prayed right away, but there were workmen in my house, and a little girl who needed an 'up-do' for her ballet dress rehearsal, time pressures and so many other things that seemed more immediate. I pushed aside the fear, sent a few quick heart prayers for help - emergency S.O.S. signals really.
When I finally found a quiet moment, I asked God to quiet the voice of fear and bring to mind comfort from His Word, and He did! I just looked up the references and re-read the verses, and I thought I would share them with you, since I know there are a lot of things to be anxious about in this old world, and I am probably not the only one who struggles with fear.
When I am afraid I will trust in you.
I have loved you with an unfailing love.
Be anxious for nothing.
Who of you by worrying can add one hour to his life?
The Lord is my refuge.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart.
My health issues haven't changed, but my heart is changed. The Word of God is powerful, and as I renewed my mind with the promises of God, my anxiety ceased and a flood of quiet peace filled my heart. Perfect love cast out my fear. I know I'll have these days again. I'm writing this down as a lesson for myself - next time I don't want to waste so much time before I seek true anxiety relief.