Food for Thought: Anxiety vs Peace
by Ardith Hoff
One Sunday a pastor was having trouble with the sound system and he said, something inaudible. The mike was in fact off, and the congregation did not hear what he said. They assumed he said the usual, "May Christ's peace be with you" instead of what he actually said which was “There is something wrong with my mike.” And the congregation responded: “And also with you!’
We might chuckle about such a situation, but at the time, it must have been stressful for the pastor. As we all know, technology is wonderful when it works, but when it doesn’t, it can cause us a great deal of frustration. I’m sure I am not the only one who yells at the computer when it suddenly deletes something, I have worked for hours to produce. Luckily, if I act quickly enough, I have a button that can reverse the action, which more than likely was because of an error on my part in the first place.
Whatever causes us stress is often of our own making. Even what we might consider “good stress” such as planning a wedding or buying a new home can cause anxiety. On top of that, there are all kinds of local and global issues that can cause us to feel on edge, if we let them. The problem is to figure out how to keep form becoming overwhelmed.
In our attempt to mitigate stress we are often tempted to look to things in this world to give us comfort. Some people turn to food, drink or drugs, or other distractions that they think will keep them from having to confront their problems head on. What we all sometimes miss is that only Jesus can truly satisfy the desires of our hearts. He can bring us peace that is far beyond anything the world could ever offer.
“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” Philippians 4:6 Jesus is our anxiety “reverse button”.