by Macy Johnson
“Rejoice in the Lord and be glad, you
sing, all you who are upright in heart!”
(Psalm 32:11 NIV)
me crying in the examination room. I was there for a routine checkup when
suddenly the dam broke loose and all my anxieties spilled out onto the floor.
After several probing questions, the nurse practitioner determined I needed
help. “You have GAD,” she told me.
Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is described as persistent and excessive worry that
interferes with daily activities. That couldn’t be me. I was a happy, go-lucky,
always-positive disciple of Christ.
But it felt
like life was out of control. In the spring of 2016 my car was totaled only a
few weeks after we moved into our cabin. We were unsuccessful in selling our
house and getting a builder while I was changing jobs. Nothing happened the way
I had planned. It was a wake-up call to not let stress push me over the edge.
me a prescription and sent me home. I was thankful for the mild medication, but
gladly quit cold turkey one morning a year later when I woke up with vertigo. Another
wake-up call to let go and let God.
The name El
for God means might, strength, and power, which is exactly (L) what I needed to
put in the middle of my disorder. He changed GAD to GLAD!
“Do not be anxious about anything, but
by prayer and petition, with
thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
And the peace of God, which transcends
will guard your hearts and your minds
in Christ Jesus.”
(Philippians 4:6-7 NIV)
anxious thoughts knock on the door of my mind, God is there.
I will deliberately slam the door on encroaching anxiety and lay it all at Jesus’ feet. I hope you will, too!