You would have to be Rip Van Winkle to not know that the world is facing some really trying times right now. Every time one turns on the tv or opens a newspaper all they hear is gloom and doom. The economy is at the lowest its been in years, unemployment is skyrocketing, the stock market is losing money by the minute, people's 401K and 529 accounts have tanked. This isn't just a United States issue, it's a world-wide issue.
Millions of people and families are being affected. As you know I was laid off my part time contracting job in December. My brother was also laid off in December. We know many people at DHs place of employment that have been let go, from engineers to marketing to HR to programming jobs. Some ISEs are returning stateside. Employers are implementing hiring freezes and wage freezes. People are worrying "Will I be next?" Everyone is being affected in some way by the current state, whether they know it or not. It's a trickle down effect.
People are looking for answers. People are expecting the politicians in Washington and our new President to fix things. But what will help us turn the economy around? What will help us get through these tough times? You hear words thrown around like bailout, stimulus, TARP. But will any of these be a fix? Will they be able to heal the worldwide issues or will they just be a band aid covering an infected wound? No one knows.
What can we do when we start to feel the anxiety setting in? When we go to bed worrying and wake up worrying? I read a blog that spoke huge words to me. We simply look to God.
I am a worrier by nature. I am not exactly sure where I got it from as no one in my family is a worrier. Add in some of the things I have experienced in my 33 years of life and not worrying or being anxious is something I struggle with. My Type A, control freak personality makes it hard to give up all my fears and worries to someone else. But in times like these I think we have to.
So I am challenging myself and you. Whatever you may be fearing or feeling anxious about, give them up to God. Be relentless in prayer. Look towards Him, rather than yourself for answers.
Here are a few verses to give you a head start.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up.
Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life ?
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.