“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;” Philippians 4:6 (NKJV)
I know a thing or two about anxiety.
Nevertheless, I pulled out a vintage copy of Webster’s New Standard Dictionary and looked the word up.
(Maybe I was secretly hoping that the definition was different in the old days?)
WNSD described anxiety as “disquietude” which also means “want of tranquility”
No more calls please, I think we have a winner.
When I’m anxious, I want nothing more than some tranquility.
Tranquility and a big ole bag of Hershey bars.
I can even tie anxiety to my childhood memories. Like when my third grade teacher told us there was going to be an eclipse. All the kids were so excited and waited with anticipation for that spectacular sight in the sky. Well, almost all of them. I was so anxious that I’d go blind or even die, that they had to call my Mom to come and get me.
I can’t make this stuff up.
As I’ve grown older, my anxiety seems to pop up when one word pops in my head.
Yes, my “want for tranquility” is expanded by expectations.
Not the ones from others.
The ones I put on myself.
It’s so hard to see when my eyes are on me.
Know what I mean?
But, God tells us to be anxious for “nothing”.
Not our insecurities. Not our worries. Not our expectations.
Not even an eclipse.
And here’s what happens when we give those anxieties to Him:
“and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7 (NKJV)
Hershey bar anyone?
Spread your joy,