Sometimes we can feel it coming on. Like a person who loses their footing on a steep climb, we can feel our emotions slipping. The waves of anxiety build until they crash into our hearts and drench our souls.
• Our teenager is late coming home on a stormy night.
• Our boss wants to see us first thing in the morning.
• The doctor wants to run some more tests.
• Our mind swirls in the waiting room for news from the surgery.
• The doctor says, "I'm sorry. There is nothing more we can do."
• She was supposed to call to tell me if I got the job an hour ago.
• The savings are gone.
• He walks out the door.
Life is filled with events that cause our emotions to slip and fear to crowd in. The stuff of life is beyond our control. And it's the lack of control that causes our emotions to implode. What do we do standing in the midst of life when we feel the fear coming on? The psalmist instructs us to turn hard toward God.
It is our loving Father who comes to our aid. As we take on the crashing waves, He keeps us standing. When our feet begin to slip, He grabs us and holds on tight. His peace passes human understanding. His comfort brings joy even in the midst of howling winds of trials. When we know God, help is not on the way; our Helper is always present with us!
Father, some people are reading this with a heart saturated by anxiety. Allow them right now to feel the calming comfort of Your Spirit. Give them a certainty of Your presence that always comes with a deep peace. Let them know that since You are for us, nothing can stand against us. In Jesus' name. Amen.