Don’t leave God out of this scary crisis.

I was listening to a doctor the other day on a TV news show and wanted to share this with you.

Let me share that I know what anxiety feels like. It feels like an elephant is sitting on your chest. It’s hard to breath.

Guess what one of the symptoms of Covid-19 is?

Yep. The breathing difficulties associated with anxiety mimic the symptoms of Covid-19. And many people are experiencing anxiety during this crisis. Panic attacks are the most severe form of anxiety and certainly cause breathing difficulties.

Anxiety is real.

Don’t chastise yourself if you are experiencing anxiety. But there are things you can do about it. The Bible has a lot to say about it.

One of the most quoted passage is from Philippians 4: 6-9

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

Did you notice that this passage says nothing about having to be rid of anxiety before we come to God? The “but” can be interpreted much like the “bring your requests before God”, an ongoing continuing process. We are to always be “bringing” our requests before God. We could read it thus:

“Don’t be anxious about anything but while you are depressed, not after…..”

Why would we go to God otherwise? We would have handled it ourselves. And I think that’s the point.

We are to be present with God in our present situation.

Have you ever been friends with someone and later, after they’ve come through a hard situation, they tell you about it? You feel left out. You feel they didn’t trust you enough to share it with you. And, if they are a follower of Christ, you really wonder why they didn’t ask you to pray.

We know from scripture that God has feelings. If you doubt that, read a few books in the Old Testament. God’s emotions come through loud and clear.

God wants to be with us in our struggle, not after our struggle. ‘

God bless you today and “flatten that curve”.

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