Oh, that suffocating feeling of anxiety. When your thoughts begin to choke your brain, and you can feel your mind struggling to remain sane. Each thought erratic, like spastic breathing. Christians are not immune to this element of humanity.
In fact, we often visit Matthew 6:25-34 when we are wrestling with worry.
“Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.” (Matt. 6:33, MSG)
Easy to read, tough to trust. When the worries cast immense shadows, His peace is harder to find.
I want to throw out an idea. Supplement Matthew 6 with the book of Ecclesiastes.
Listen to Eugene Peterson’s paraphrase of Ecclesiastes 12:6 & 7: “Life, lovely while it lasts, is soon over. Life as we know it, precious and beautiful, ends. The body is put back in the same ground it came from. The spirit returns to God, who first breathed it.”
This is peace for the worried soul. How so? One day, when we are finally laid to rest, if we are in Christ, our spirit will return to its ultimate Source of comfort. Our strife will end, and we will reside in God’s care forever. What we grasp so tightly on earth will one day be replaced with gifts our minds cannot possibly comprehend. We know it to be true, but sometimes we need to be reminded.
It’s not nihilistic; it’s hopeful. It’s not just hopeful; it’s true, and one day it will be reality.