By: Savanna Howell
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen. (1 Peter 5:7-11 NIV)
Have you ever felt anxious? Work, school, meeting new people, the future, if I am honest, can take over my mind and cause me to become anxious and anxiety leaves me feeling exhausted.
Maybe some of you are like me and if you think back there is a moment in time where you feel like the innocence of a child and the trust that you had that all would be okay and work out fine seemed to be gone. The reality of growing up and your responsibility in your day to day decisions and the role you played in your future hit you. For me my moment was when I was twelve years old. That open, out-going, bold little girl I always was seemed to be lost. I didn’t know how to bring her back and walk in the confidence and freedom I always seemed to do so naturally. My zeal for life and adventure was diminishing. I began to realize that life can be hard and struggling with how to navigate it successfully. Honestly, I struggled for years. I was confused. I didn’t understand why I was struggling like this and I didn’t know how to let go of my anxiety and find that childlike faith again.
At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 18:1-4 ESV)
I didn’t question my salvation as this scripture says in Matthew 18 but I wanted to humble myself before Him to where I could trust him again and cast my anxiety on Him because as 1 Peter says He cares for me. This took me a while to figure out, but the reality is it is more simple than we know. The more we grow in our knowledge of the Lord the easier it is to trust Him. If you are struggling with anxiety get in the Word of God. As you grow in your knowledge of who He is, you will find you are able to give it all to Him, all your anxiety, depression, worries, ALL TO HIM.
Every day we choose to cast our anxiety upon Him, we take back what was stolen from us. We take back the innocence of a child, our humility, our faith, our trust in the Lord and our freedom. Now instead of new opportunities and the future making me anxious they excite me. I am 18 years old now. It has been 6 years since the time this struggle began for me. Today I find myself not just excited about the future and meeting new people, but looking forward to talking to the people God brings across my path, getting to know them and their stores and looking to the future with great anticipation. I literally cannot wait to see what God has in store for me. So I encourage you to dig in to God’s Word, grow in the knowledge of who He is and cast your anxieties on Him. In doing so you will be able to embrace the beautiful future God has waiting for you and you will do so with great anticipation.
I want to close with a prayer that has helped me a lot recently. I say this each morning.
Dear Lord, open my eyes to see and comprehend your powers and my worth with You. I am not weak, I am strong in You. I will not let worldly people or circumstances affect me and the faith I have in You. For You have blessed me in heavenly realms and I have redemption through Your blood, I am also lavished in Your Grace. Thank you Father. Amen.