If this pandemic has taught anyone anything its that life brings unexpected challenges and while these challenges in typical environments may wield some undue stress this new environment and it’s restrictions have taken a toll on many. Mental health crises are at an all time high and now with the added stress of a traditional family holiday where many of us gather with our loved ones to celebrate and give thanks and show our appreciation to one another both depression and anxiety can rule our hearts.
Due to the pandemic we have ample reasons to be stressed with the changes to our family, school, work, and even social lives. When we face problems that weigh on our hearts and that tend to be nagging situations that seem unending we encounter depression. This feeling deepens now because of the time we are able to sit and ruminate over those problems and the more we ruminate over them the deeper the hole of despair becomes.
Anxiety has the same effect even the Book of Proverbs in the Holy Bible mentions how it weighs down the heart, ” Proverbs 12:25 Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.” When we are on edge we don’t need anything in our lives that continue to push us to that edge, however this pandemic has most certainly pushed those limits.
I want to share with you something that has helped me when I get in moments of despair or in times when my heart is overwhelmed with the troubles of life. Over the years I have learned the value of laying everything at the feet of the Lord and allowing him to handle them. While it seems impractical, because how can an invisible being of whom I cannot see, touch, or rather even sit face to face with possibly help me through a situation like this. I want to encourage you, as a witness, that He can. Prayer is one of the main ways of getting these frustrations off of me and onto Him. In fact we are even encouraged by God through Peter to do this.
So for this season when you are facing those moments when the problems tend to topple over you get into a quiet place where you will not be disturbed by anyone or anything. Jot down those things that you are fretting over and that you are frustrated with and writing them in the form of a prayer after you are finished read it aloud. I would do this a lot especially in those times when I was juggling multiple burdening situations. It not only freed my mind in that time but it also freed my heart. So in those moments I want you to consider making an exchange worrying for assurance that whatever is bother you is in the hands of the Lord because you placed it there when you lifted it up to Him.