As my stress level began to rise last week, I had to ponder what I was doing wrong to be able to maintain this imbalance. I was praying, venting and working to resolve the source of my stress with seemingly little success. But, what I wasn’t doing was letting go of anything or releasing the outcome to God. And, more importantly, I wasn’t trusting in the truth of who God is and what He brings to my life and any situation that I may face.
Hence, I realized that when we are overwhelmed, distressed and frustrated, it helps to place our problems in their proper perspective. We often get ahead of ourselves, trying to predict the outcome of the situation and think through all the worse possible case scenarios. And after all the catastrophizing, it’s no wonder that we tend to feel that the problem is larger than life.
Anytime we give our problems/situations too much negative time and attention, they become distorted, and this distortion can place us in the depths of despair, not seeing any way out or through the problem or situation. There is always a way through, not necessarily a quick way out of, our problems. We simply must yield to the process and be willing to grasp the solution when it reveals itself to us.
No matter how the answer comes, let go of worrying; trust that your efforts are not in vain and that God will make it all work for good. Therein we find a place of peace that will empower us to rise above our problems and still move forward in the midst of difficulty. Not always easy but definitely possible.