“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
I Peter 5:7 (NIV)
People have asked me, as a believer in Jesus, “If God is so loving and caring, then why do you have stress and difficult situations to deal with. Shouldn’t your life be carefree and easy?”
What they may not understand is that I have to live in this world and deal with what the world (or Satan) throws at me, just like everyone else. Some days I deal with more stress than others. Those days when I want to go back to bed and cover my head, God brings me comfort.
On top of everyday stress, my doctor diagnosed me with an anxiety disorder that causes my body to go into panic mode at unexpected times. When this happens, I suffer physical symptoms as well as emotional. As God guides me through those times, I find peace in knowing that he carries my physical pain, my fear and my worry.
No matter what makes me anxious, or what concerns me, true joy comes from knowing that Christ takes my burdens and turns them into blessings. Faith allows me to give God my difficulties, stress, and anxiety. Psalm 55:22 says,
“Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.”
This reminds me that I can hand over every care to God, and he will bear the load for me. He cares about me. He helps me work through the anxiety and find peace in him. Carry this verse with you and know that God cares.