I remember the old monster movies that played when I was a kid. I loved those old black and white movies. They were already old when I was young. (But not that old).
I remember Frankenstein and how the villagers became afraid and angry that such an abomination would be created and they got their pitchforks and fire and ran old Frank off.
I really haven’t lost my mind, there’s a point to this, I promise.
Have you ever felt like your life was treating you like those angry villagers and you were just old Frank trying your best to get away?
Well I’ve had one of those weeks boys and girls. As a matter of fact, I’ve had several weeks of running and right now I just want to turn around and say to those stressors in my life…
Bring it on.
I mean, I’ve gone from being mad, to being angry, to being afraid, and now I’m at the point where I’m asking myself what am I going to do about it? Because I’m too tired to run anymore and the villagers are gaining ground.
Because the fact of the matter is, I have already had one anxiety driven hospital visit, and I refuse to have another.
I want to encourage you while I am encouraging myself.
We (I) don’t need to run from those villagers anymore.
We (I) am meant to exist free of anxiety and worry-with the understanding that stress is a normal part of life and will happen.
How we (I) respond to the stress is completely up to us (me). And finally, …
We are (I am) not in control of the stress that tries to overwhelm us (me), and even though it seems insurmountable, we (I) have an Advocate, the Prince of Peace, and if we (I) simply ask Him, He will in fact, put those fires out and cause those angry villagers (whoever or whatever they may be) to drop those pitchforks and run in the opposite direction.
1 Corinthians 16:13 (NIV)
13 Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.
Psalm 130:5 (NIV)
5 I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits,
and in his word I put my hope.