I completed this Acrylic last week. Inspiration came from artist Kevin Hill and my desire to use some bright colors of Spring in Acrylic.
Understandably, you may wonder how this scene fits with our Thought—Anxiety. Perhaps there is no anxiety lingering in your mind…at the moment. But many are anxious about the Summer of 2021 and how COVID19 may change plans. Our hope is that we will begin to see the pandemic receding in our rear view mirror by summer.
Anxiety vs. Anxiety Disorder
Were you ever hungry? Literally starving? There’s a huge difference. Hunger is common from time to time. Starvation isn’t and can be life-threatening, requiring professional help.
Were you ever anxious? Suffer an anxiety disorder? In life, everyone experiences anxiety from time to time. This includes both adults and children. For most people, feelings of anxiety come and go, only lasting a short time. However, when a person regularly feels disproportionate levels of anxiety, it might become a medical disorder, requiring professional attention.
This blog is about anxiety that’s a rather normal and often healthy condition, experienced by all of us from time to time. Normal anxiety can include nervousness, fear, apprehension and worry. Are you anxious? Maybe you’re feeling worried about a problem at work with your boss, coworker or neighbor. Maybe you have butterflies in your stomach while waiting for the results of a medical test. Maybe you get nervous when driving home in rush-hour traffic. Maybe you have a written test for a class.
I’ve experienced anxiety twice in the last two weeks. First was related to the Government ‘stimulus check’. Last year I received a check in the mail and deposited it. No brainer. This year I received a ‘debit card’. Is this a scam? No. Activate the card, open an account in a bank I never heard of, determine how to deposit the ‘debit card’, discern how to transfer into my bank, follow the progression to make the transfer. When it didn’t show as deposited, wondering if I had made a mistake. I didn’t. Discovered it may take a few days to post. It worked, but I confess to anxiety.
My Second Experience
My second anxiety experience was with the computer. I have a wireless keyboard and mouse for my desk-top iMac. The message popped up: ‘mouse needs charging’. Easy enough (I’ve done it before). I plugged into the port and left it to charge. When I returned, the mouse didn’t work. Cursor was frozen in the upper left-hand corner. It wouldn’t budge. I was out of business. It was late in the day and I expected to see my ‘computer savvy’ son in the morning. He tried, with no response. I’m becoming anxious. Options? Call the Apple Store. I prayed for wisdom and placed the call. While waiting for their, ‘next available assistant’, I moved the mouse yet again, …the cursor moved! Thank you, Lord! I hung up and called my son with the good news.
Insight Into My Anxiety
I had already been contemplating today’s Thought—Anxiety—when these happened. As a Pastor, for more than twenty years, God often allowed me to personally experience some ‘taste’ of the point He wished to be made in the sermon. Here I was experiencing two examples of the very thought for the week—Anxiety. What did I learn? What tends to cause me anxiety?
As a follower of Jesus, my desire in all of life is “your [God’s] will be done”. That’s what being a ‘follower’ means. I desire to comprehend when the desire to please God and please myself are synonymous and when they seem in conflict. When it becomes unclear, I become anxious. I must trust these truths for ‘normal’ anxiety.
Truths For “normal” Anxiety
Ask God about my heart:
Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Psalm 139:23, 24
Tell God how I feel:
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7
Make my request(s) and accept God’s peace:
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Phil 4:6, 7
Even Mary and Joseph Became Anxious!
When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.” Luke 2:48