Do not be mistaken;Jesus said that “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:29-30). However, that is precisely why Jesus said to take His yoke. When we receive Christ into our lives, most of us carry not just His yoke, but of the world’s heavy yoke too. That alone makes our journey with Christ a struggle. For example, the world teaches us that when things are not going right according to what we perceive, it’s time to be anxious.
As much as we try to overcome anxiety, try not to think about the “thing” that causes us to be anxious, we somehow fail…. perpetually brainstorming the different possibilities of how things might play out, as though increasing our levels of anxiety will turn the situation around. In this sense, we tell God and ourselves that what He is asking (which is not to be anxious) is too challenging.
I don’t know about you but I’ve been through periods with high anxiety level and of course, I have tried many methods to combat them. Only two methods worked for me:
(1) immediately talk to God about the worrying situation and committing it into His hand
(2) speaking in tongues until anxiety eases off.
Yes, it may be a difficult walk, but take heart! With increasing struggle comes His ever-abounding Providence and Grace that never fails. Whatever you may be going through, be reminded that Jesus is with you all the way.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
- Jia Lin Ang