From One Anxious Heart to Another
By Alanie Sayer
I get it. The heaviness in your chest. Your heart racing from the chaos. The fog in your head clouds everything that makes sense.
I get it. I really do.
I’ve always written from a viewpoint of how I can help others get through what I’ve gone through and what I’ve learned from The Lord on the matter. But this time, I’m here writing to you from one anxious heart to another. To give you some encouragement and tell you that you are not alone.
So far from alone.
Dear anxious heart, I know you have grown weary. I know these moments feel like an eternity. I know how hard it is when you’re brushed off to the side because others “just don’t get it”.
I know how painful it is to be surrounded by so many people and still feel lonely. I can’t sit here and give you a formula to rid yourself of the anxiety. There is no formula.
But there is Someone. His name is Jesus.
The Lord is the only One that can bring you out of the chaos and into perfect peace. What I have to always remind myself is that my peace HAS to be found in Him, not anyone or anything else.
In the moments that my mind won’t stop racing and my heart won’t calm down, I’ve learned that the only way to get out of it is to draw back, put my focus on Jesus, replace the lies with the truth and get in the Secret Place. It’s a fight to push back all of the lies and fear that is gripping for your attention but He is so ready for you to rest and to quit fighting a fight that He’s already won.
How do you get to that place of rest, you ask? First, know the Word and the truth it holds.
Know what God says about you. When the enemy is spitting lies at you, you must be prepared to replace them with the truth. The Word of God needs to be etched so vividly in your heart.
Secondly, get in the Secret Place. Put your to-do list down, leave your phone in another room, grab some Kleenex and get alone with God. Don't forget the Kleenex.
Moments of confusion, frustration and anxiety can easily lead us to distrust in God. Guilty. That’s why the Secret Place is such a necessary holy ground.
When we take the time and get on our knees before the Father, we allow for Him to sweep us up and bring us into a Peace that goes beyond all understanding. What helps me is knowing that when I press in, He hears me, He sees me and He’s working.
It can become such a holy process when we don’t rush for the fast answer. The immediate need to know the outcome or the answer to “why” - all of which leads us down a never-ending pit of worry.
I’ve found that the process of following God is always one of perseverance and trust. Knowing that the lies and the confusion that cloud our minds are not from Him but a distraction and an attack.
BUT, this part of your story that hurts so much, the tears burning down your face, this moment is actually your victory cry – because Jesus has already won this battle. You are not defeated, friend.
So, I leave you with these truths: You are not alone. You absolutely matter. You are so loved and worthy of more than living in constant fear and anxiety.
He is doing a new thing. No matter what things look like, Jesus is still on the throne - and guess what? He doesn't fall off of it.
“Even though our outer person is being destroyed, our inner person is being renewed day by day. For our momentary light affliction is producing for us an absolutely incomparable eternal weight of glory. So we do not focus on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” -2 Corinthians 4:16-18