What my stress is trying to tell me:
I’m a 29 year old woman, and I’m seeing my doctor tomorrow because I am having chunks of my hair fall out. I have something called Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, and it has caused a lot of issues in my life, and now this is one I can add to the list. So, right now my stress is telling me everything. It’s saying that I can’t handle life and that I will never win. My stress is telling me that every time I think I have life under control, something will pop in to let me know I don’t. My stress is telling me that my health will never be under control, and I will always face insecurity and self-doubt. My stress is telling me that I’m so weak, that it’s time to shut down and stay down.
Stress: “It’s saying that I can’t handle life and that I will never win.”
God: Psalm 46:5 “God is within her, she will not fall.”
I have a God who is with me 100% of my day. My God can move mountains, separate seas, and make blind men see. God is trying to remind me that this life might try to knock me down, but He is with me, and He’s not letting me go.
Stress: “My stress is telling me that every time I think I have life under control, something will pop in to let me know I don’t”
God: Exodus 14:14 “The Lord will fight for you, you need only to be still”
Truth is, I can’t “handle” life. Problem is, I have a tendency to be a bit of a control freak. There is a fine line between being proactive about life and being manipulative with life. As a recovering control freak, I can still cross that line quite a bit. I try to force things that don’t fit, thinking it will fast-forward me into the “life plan” I assume I should have. Guess what that brings? More stress and consistent disappointment. God is telling me to just let it be and chill out. To put things into perspective, I’ll state it like this… God, also known as the “ultimate healer,” is the one who created life and makes miracles happen. So He is all powerful AND loves me so much that He died on a cross for me. That’s who holds the title as my “life manager.” I think I could get used to that. Who couldn’t?!
Stress: My stress is telling me that my health will never be under control, and I will always face insecurity and self-doubt.
God: Philippians 4:6-7 “Don’t worry about anything, instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”
Throughout all of the troubles that this world brings us, we have a God who gives us unexplainable and undeniable peace. We have a God who reminds us that He is the light, even in the darkest of situations. God wants me to know that He cares. He wants me to keep talking through my troubles WITH Him, but to also dwell on the blessings I have been given. He is reminding me that I’m protected and I am loved.
Stress: “My stress is telling me that I’m so weak, that it’s time to shut down and stay down.”
God: Esther 4:14 “Perhaps this is the moment for which you have been created”
We have a God who loves the awkward, high-strung misfits just like me. We have a God who reminds us that there is true purpose to our pain, whether we find out now or when we get to heaven. God is telling me that my struggles matter. Not in the sense that these things should defeat me, and I should give up – that’s what my stress says. God is saying that these struggles are our starting points.