Slamming the door shut.
You’ve heard about it.
But you cannot grasp on to it.
Anxiety walks in the door,
no, more like, runs in.
You can’t breathe,
the fear is literally taking your breath away.
I think that the opposite of peace is fear. Fear is defined as… to be afraid of (someone or something) as likely to be dangerous, painful, or threatening. Peace is defined as freedom from disturbance; quiet and tranquility.
I’ve struggled with fear.
I honestly think that most people at some point in their lives have dealt with fear. But then there are people who have dealt with fear on a daily basis. With me, it was like I really couldn’t pinpoint exactly what I was afraid of, I was just afraid.
Afraid of my future.
Afraid of my past.
Afraid of things that might happen to me or the people I love.
Recently, I had an epiphany.
It was one of those moments when my perspective did a 180.
I do not have to be afraid.
I do not have to be fearful about my future, my past, or the things that may or may not happen in my life.
I do not have to be anxious. ever.
I don’t have to worry. ever. again.
Jesus! He gives me peace. He slams the door shut when anxiety and fear try to come in to scare me.
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” -Deuteronomy 31:6
“But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage. I am here!” -Matthew 14:27
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” -Philippians 4:6-7
Anytime anxiety and fear try to overwhelm my thoughts, I know that I do not have to be afraid. Because God is always with me. Always. And I experience a peace that cannot be understood. but man am I grateful for it.