Cure for Anxiety
Apprehension, worry, even panic -- will there ever be cure for anxiety? Like the common cold, nearly everyone experiences anxiety. No one is immune to its effects. Our breathing becomes short and our heart pounds before a doctor’s visit, final exam, or job interview. It’s when fear or worry constantly prevents an individual from experiencing a fulfilling life that one may fall victim to an anxiety disorder:
Cure for Anxiety - Surrendering
When your stress level soars, finding a cure for anxiety begins with lightening your load. In many cases, certain responsibilities need to be surrendered to others. The story is told of a man who met God in a lovely valley one day. The man asked God if there was anything that he could do for Him. God asked the man to pull God’s wagon filled with three stones up a hill. The man joyfully began his ascent along the winding road. At the first village, a person took advantage of the man’s dedication to God by adding their “apprehension rock” to the wagon. Upon approaching the second village, the man’s oldest friend, John, added his bag of “worry pebbles” to the wagon’s load. With each stop more weight was taken on, making the load unbearable. Soon resentment replaced rejoicing. Overcome with anxiety, the man cried out to God, “I’m just not strong enough!” One by one God unloaded the excess items from the wagon. Then God told him, “I know you were trying to help, but when you are weighted down with all these cares, you cannot do what I asked of you.”
Cure for Anxiety - Hope in the Chaos
There is Someone who understands your anxieties and fears. He is a Restorer: “I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security” (Jeremiah 33:6). Our weariness comes from isolating ourselves from God. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest... my yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).
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