Anxiety: a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome.
I’ve been plagued with anxiety since I was around 10 or 11. The summer before my senior year of high school is when it grew worse, however. The increased heart rate, nausea, and a dreaded sense that something terrible would happen would hit me at random, there was never a rhyme or reason to it. It just struck with no warning. And in my case, the nausea I experienced would send me into an even bigger anxiety frenzy because I suffer from emetophobia (a fear of throwing up) so nausea during a panic attack just made things worse.
Anxiety is no fun, obviously. It threatens to consume us and sometimes it actually does. It cripples us. Torments us. Mocks us. There were periods in my life when I gave in to the fear, allowing it to take over and dictate my life.
But God gives us another option. Instead of allowing fear and panic and dread to take over, He tells us to come to Him. To allow a peace that only He can give envelope us. A peace that goes way past our ability to understand.
Paul encourages us to lean on the Lord and to meditate on His Word and we will experience His peace. A peace that only He can provide.
He cares for us. He LOVES us and He wants us to come to Him for everything, good and bad.
So when life becomes so overwhelming that you feel you just can’t take it anymore, look to the One who can give you peace that far exceeds our understanding.