God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.
- Psalm 46:1-3
I am afraid of so many things. Life is full of unpredictability, and as a person who craves stability and normalcy, this can be a great stressor in my life. As a Christian my default answer when people ask how I manage my anxiety usually something about how I turn to God with my worries. That is true in some cases, but I often fall short.
In my life, I have chosen to cope with my lack of feeling safe and secure with many different unhealthy coping mechanisms. One of my go-to's has been avoidance. When I feel unsure and afraid I run as far away as I can. There have even been days where I struggle to leave my bed because of the crippling fear I feel about the uncertainty of life.
God has been revealing to me that I have been choosing anxiety and brokenness over His refuge, it has almost become a security blanket for me. I am afraid of putting my complete trust in God because I am worried that I will be disappointed and let down. The cycle of fear and pain has been more appealing than trusting that God is my safe place, and who I should turn to in a crisis.
As I have been reflecting on my relationship with God, and recognizing my own shortcomings and lack of trust in Him, I have been turning to the Bible for wisdom. One passage that has really stood out to me is Psalm 91:1-2 which says “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.’”
I have been repeating this to myself when I feel anxiety creeping in, and it has brought me peace. I find it so helpful to have a word or phrase to repeat during times of stress, difficulty, or uncertainty. It is so comforting that we don’t have to have to come to God with complex prayers, but He can work through the simplest words to bring us peace. As you go about your week, I would encourage you to find a phrase or image that instantly reminds you of God as a refuge. When you find yourself not feeling safe, turn to Him and let Him fill you with peace.
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1. Think about the times God has made you feel safe. Remind yourself of how that made you feel, and the comfort that it brought you.
2. What are some verses you can turn and repeat to yourself when you feel anxious or uncertain?
3. In what areas of your life do you need to be more trusting towards God?
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for being my refuge. Thank You for being my strength when I feel unsafe, You are who I put my trust in. God, give me peace as I go about my week. When I feel paralyzed with fear, remind me that You are present. When I have doubts, remind me of the times You have provided for me. Give me the courage to trust in You even when it is scary. Thank You for Your overflowing love. Amen.
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