2019-01-14 - The Anxiety Trap
My mind tends to dwell on unfounded fears. Before I leave my driveway, I always say a quick prayer for protection and safety. Fear reminds me all the possible scenarios that could happen. I recall when my daughter was a toddler, I almost let fear get in the way of an adventure.
I don't like driving. I avoid highways, at all costs. I didn't want to drive the 25 minutes to a library story hour- but I did. I wasn't going to let unfamiliar roads get in the way of my daughter's enjoyment. When we finally arrived in the library parking lot, my daughter said the curvy roads were fun. After I stopped clutching the steering wheel, I realized that the part I dreaded the most was only a small portion of the trip. Now, I don't mind driving that route.
God says not to fear. I constantly have to tell my mind this fact. Otherwise, anxiety will try to worm its way in my brain and bombard me all day. Instead, we need to feed our minds the promises of God.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4 NIV)
Lord, May I listen to You, to subside fear. May Your voice be reassuring. May I stop giving into unfounded fears. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
All scripture references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.