I pour out before him my complaint; before him I tell my trouble. When my spirit grows faint within me, it is you who watch over my way. In the path where I walk people have hidden a snare for me.
You might know this guy: In his office, papers are scattered everywhere, all representing work “in progress.” He shuffles through multiple to -do lists and tries to remember what life was like before stick-on notes. They litter his work area, their different colors signifying absolutely nothing. Whenever the phone rings, this fellow utters an anguished, “Yes?” He thinks, surely no one else has thought of something else for me to do.
His wife calls to remind him of their sons starring role in fourth grade play that evening. She also reports her car has been running sluggishly “Oh, and you did remember to mail the mortgage payment so it won’t be late, didn’t you?” she asks sweetly.
By mid-morning our friend begins to look like someone who has been serenaded by chalk squealing against a blackboard for eight unrelenting hours. At 10:30, his boss stops by “Carlo, are you all right? You look terrible. Are you feeling a little stressed out?” “Stress?” he cries. “Stress? I don’t have any stress-s-s-s-” as he collapses in a heap. This scenario may seem a bit extreme-and then again it may not.
Yes, we all have stress, usually in more than abundant supply. It’s a natural and necessary part of life, but when served in the degrees and quantities many of us face every day, it’s no way to live. What can we do about it? What should we do about it? Are you this person I am talking about? I have gone through this situation and I still have moments when I have to face similar situations. With Christ, I now know how to handle it better. How do you get recharged spiritually when you’re feeling stressed?
Pause for a reality check. God is in control and I am not Him. I take a deep breath; I refocus my mind on Christ and remember what He says about resting in Him. I know I am not alone and that He will never leave me nor forsake me.
Pray and communicate with the Master! I look for a quiet place. I lift up my burdens to God and this means communications lines are open 24 hours a day and it doesn’t need any high-speed broadband connections. I tell God exactly what I am going through and how I feel. And I feel immediate relief. God knows the desires of my heart and He wants me to depend on Him.
How do you deal with your own stress and challenges?