Anxiety is a tricky thing.
A simple thought can quickly escalate into a full blown fear. The what ifs grow into a vast array of irrational fears and our minds believe that something horrible is on the horizon.
I spend a lot of time in the Psalms. I came across a passage in Psalm 107 in the NKJV that describes for me the power anxiety tries to have over me.
…their soul melts because of trouble. They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits end. Psalm 107:26-27
When something is melting, unless someone intervenes, it will continue to melt. An ice cube on a sidewalk on a hot August day does not stand a chance.
When I am experiencing an anxiety attack, that is how I feel…like my soul is melting. Everything feels out of control.
What am I learning?
Most of life is out of my control. And, that’s a good thing. It takes a lot of pressure off of me and reminds me to focus on letting God be in control.
Psalm 107 is all about giving thanks. It goes on to read…
Then they cry out to the Lord in their trouble, and He brings them out of their distresses. He calms the storm, so its waves are still. Then they are glad because they are quiet; so He guides them to their desired haven. Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness and for His wonderful works to the children of men! Psalm 107:28-31
I love this passage. They realize they are in trouble so they cry out to God. He listens and calms the storm. He quiets their melting soul and brings them to a place of rest and safety.
Although my circumstances may not change, I trust that when I cry out to God, He will calm and quiet my anxious, melting soul. He provides. He protects. He quiets the storms within us with His peace.
Focusing on His goodness and mercy and thanking Him for taking care of me helps me focus on who is in control.
Four times in Psalm 107 it shares that the people cried out to the Lord in their troubles and He delivered them out of their distresses. He delivered his people and He is still in the business of delivering us from our distresses. Sometimes, not as quickly as we would like and often not in ways we anticipated, but He listens and He delivers.
Our response should be praise… replace a melting, anxious soul with a soul spilling over in gratitude.
This advent season as we prepare for Christmas, remember that God can calm an anxious, melting soul.
Quiet yourself before Him.