Anxiety

Thou openest Thine hand, and satisfies the desire of every living thing. – Ps. 145:16

What Thou shalt to-day provide,

Let me as a child receive;

What to-morrow may betide,

Calmly to Thy wisdom leave.

Tis enough that Thou wilt care;

Why should I the burden bear. – J. Newton

I heard this weekend some news about Transplants and Medicare which gives we fortunate recipients concern. In fact, I’d say anxiety is a legitimate emotion. We all hear about things or events that cause us anxiety from time to time. Fortunately, I keep those many passages in the Bible about not being anxious close at hand for times just like this. Age and wisdom teaches that anxiety does not increase our clearness of judgment, our thinking, or our courage in meeting the present or arming ourselves for the future.

When anxiety attacks, and that is a great description, we need to pray for today’s bread, and leave the next day’s to itself. We don’t need to huddle together working ourselves into a frenzy, instead each needs to go about our appointed task. I’m not saying not to prepare for the future, but not to be caught up in it to the exclusion of the present.

Anxiety attacks are great teaching moments and if we learn from them we find a simplicity and honesty in our lives, a capacity for the work at hand, and enjoyment of the day. Anxiety makes us strangers to the present moment. Don’t let cause you to miss the glory of the present.

About the author

Webb Hubbell, former Associate Attorney General of The United States, is an author and speaker. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller.

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