There is only one answer for every problem, only one healer for every hurt, only one rock in which to hide, only one person who alone can save. His Name is Jesus. He never forsakes His people, He hears every single prayer, He catches every single tear, and He is here. If I was asked what the one thing would be that I would tell someone struggling with anxiety, fear, doubt, or depression, it would be this: Jesus. He is the only one in all my struggles that has never failed me.
“My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning.” -Psalm 130:6
How’s your watch going?
Caroline and I have found that when we get past the “why” in our struggles, we slam straight into the “how long?” How long am I going to have to deal with this? How long will it take before my prayers are answered? How long before I see God move on my behalf?
“Why, God?” I used to think that this question was harmless. Many times during different struggles I would ask God this question. I felt like I was doing what I was supposed to: reading my Bible and praying every day, trying my hardest to obey in everything and doing what was right. I felt like it was unfair that I should be struggling. I was doing the right things, and I didn’t want to struggle with anxiety, fear, doubts or sinful thoughts. Besides, I saw other people who weren’t doing all that I was, and they didn’t have any of the problems that I was facing on a daily basis. It wasn’t fair didn’t make sense. “So, why God?”
“We sent Timothy…to strengthen and encourage you in your faith, so that no one would be unsettled by these trials. For you know quite well that we are destined for them.” -1 Thessalonians 3:2-3
We have got to settle this thing or we will live our lives being constantly unsettled by every trial or persecution we encounter.’
“Suddenly, when they looked around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus.” (Mk.9:8)
There come times in my struggles when whatever it is that I am currently facing becomes overwhelming consuming. Maybe because I’ve been struggling with this particular fear for a long time, maybe it’s because I’m hormonal and emotionally unstable. It’s those days when my mind can’t seem to think about anything except my fear, my doubt, and my anxiety. It becomes hard to focus on normal activities such as school, meals, and daily routines. I become crippled and unable to enjoy and do anything as my mind is consumed with my struggle.