What do you do when you’re feeling uncertain, anxious or afraid about what lies ahead?
When I drive our rural South Carolina road during the day it is cathedral-like, canopied by live oaks that give the impression of traveling beneath a parasol of green lace. Night driving is different. Shrouded in darkness, the road becomes somber and ominous. The relaxation and ease that accompany my daylight journey is replaced by tension and calculated maneuvering. High-beam headlights are a must and, even then, on this road as familiar as an old friend’s voice, I’m hesitant and unsure.
Life’s journey can be like that – smooth and easy at times, filling us with a sense of security and control. At other times, the going can get pretty rough and we can end up feeling like a squirrel with a Mack truck barreling down on us, unsteady and scared not knowing which way to turn.
When you’re feeling like that, overwhelmed and uncertain – and who doesn’t from time-to-time? – there are three things you can do on the spot that will instantly calm your anxious thoughts. They work for me and I’m sure, if you’ll give them a try, they’ll work for you too.
1. Stop. Take three deep breaths and let your shoulders relax.
2. Pray: Talk to God and say something like this as often as you need to:
3. Remember: God brought you this far – what makes you think He’ll give up on you now?
He loves you. He always has. He always will.
Don’t let fear keep you from MOVING FORWARD. Trust that God will always be there to guide your next step – just as you trust the road will always be there when you drive across a foggy bridge. Faith in Christ allows us to keep going, even when we cannot clearly see the way. (Hebrews 11:1) http://bit.ly/1vHpJwf
For some other great tips on how to deal with overwhelm, check out this video by Marie Forleo: http://bit.ly/1RESnwm
Now, I’d love to hear from you. Please share your comments below.
How do you walk by faith, even when you cannot see?