Feeling Frenzied? You are not alone! These days, many are filled with overwhelming fear and anxiety. It’s understandable considering all that is taking place in our country and around the world. My hope is that through this post, you will move from fear and frenzy to faith and joy.
We have found ourselves traversing new terrain with the shutting down of non-essential businesses, organizations, etc… It’s eerie for most of us because we’ve never lived during a time where America virtually shut down. This is a first.
With that said, I realize that our first responders, healthcare personnel, clergy members, the National Guard and some of our military will be working overtime. They will not be experiencing the forced pause that the majority of Americans have had to make.
They will, however, most likely face fear, anxiety, and frenzy either personally or projected on them by those with whom they are caring for.
How to Have Faith During the Storms
Almost 18 years ago, I walked out of my final chemotherapy treatment recognizing the battle I’d fought was won. I was a cancer survivor.
I had personally encountered the fragility of life during that time and it gave me a whole new perspective. One where I recognized that…
Life is a precious gift.
In the days after surviving, fear started trickling into my mind with the “What if’s…” Every time it happened, I would try to silence those voices with a prayer.
Eventually, the realization that I had a choice startled me into choosing joy over sorrow and faith over fear of what could possibly happen. The words Jesus spoke while delivering His famous “Sermon on the Mount” reminded his followers and listeners to not be anxious: “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” (Matthew 6:34)
The translation from The Message paraphrases it like this:
Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.
Matthew 6:34 (MSG)
Now, we as a world are facing a serious health crisis. We can choose faith. We can choose joy. The choice to live each day recognizing there is no guarantee of tomorrow is one of the best choices we can make. So, even in the midst of uncertainty, we can choose to live.
Choosing to not let fear rob us of the joy of living can do wonders for our mental and emotional wellbeing.
During trying times like these, the most effective way we can replace worry, anxiety, panic or feeling frightened is by kneeling and choosing to not let fear or frenzy or the media or anything rob us of the joy of living.
Take this time and turn to God. Kneel with a heart of gratitude and a posture of prayer. Leave it all in God’s very capable hands. He hears you. He knows you. He loves you.
And, if you feel alone or want more engagement to help overcome the fears and anxieties of the times, please join me in the Facebook Group: American Women Who Pray.