My first ever panic attack wasn’t until I was 16 on the way home from voice lessons one night. I had exams coming up that week, a vocal recital at the end of the week, dealing with a tough relationship issue with a friend and a lot going on at Church. To say the least, I was overwhelmed. I got in my car to drive home after a not so great voice lesson, started crying which turned into sobbing and barely breathing and then the panic set in. If you’ve ever had a panic attack, I’m so sorry. It feels like you’re probably about to die, you can’t think straight and everything around you feels out of control.
I’ve been dealing with the constant battle of fear and anxiety ever since. To skip to the positive part here, I learned about five years ago the lesson of giving our cares to God.
Proverbs 12:25 says Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad. This means that when we read the Bible, or hear the Word of God spoken to us, it directly affects our heart. In a supernatural way, it eases the burden we feel and allows us to take another look at what is really going on around us. It always blows my mind when I’m dealing with something and I sit down to read the Bible and the EXACT thing I’ve been feeling, the word is speaking to me about. It’s one of those small miracles that happen that often we just say is luck, or by chance but in reality it’s only God that knows what we need to hear or to see.
The word also tells us 1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. What an amazing thought right? God cares so much for me that I can simply hand over my worry, fear, anxiety and doubt and tell Him to take care of it and He does. Now this doesn’t always mean He takes care of our problems or worries in OUR timing, but it does mean that He takes care of it. If it’s not supernaturally handled, he’s going to send you the resources you need to take care of it yourself. God has an endless supply of whatever it is you feel you need, and all He asks is that you ask Him it for.
This is proven in his word , Philippians 4:6-7 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. He WANTS to take care of you, much like parents desire to care for their children, or friends desire to take care of their closest friends. In this same way, God is telling us just to talk to Him about our fear, worries and everything in between.
This isn’t to say that we don’t ever have fear, or that bad things, or sad things won’t happen, it simply means that God is here for us when they do. When we experience life…God is there for whatever we need and the most beautiful part is that His word gives us the answer to every single fear, doubt or anxiety we could ever have.
Praying that this encourages you, even just slightly and that this week you’ll cast all your cares on the Lord.