Though many of us struggle with anxiety, we’re encouraged to cast these concerns on Jesus.
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Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time
he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
1 Peter 5:6-7 English Standard Version
You’ve got to worry about a ski run labeled “High Anxiety.” I picture myself heading down this slope looking like Mel Brooks plastered against the elevator window in his Alfred Hitchcock spoof by the same name.
The first time I skied a black diamond run was with a ski instructor. I was quite anxious but I knew he had been there before and he knew how to get me down. I fell (multiple times) but I continued on.
The anxiety caused by a ski run is only temporary. There are other things that carry with them a greater sense of foreboding. Jesus Christ has carried these anxieties.
He cares for you. It might be hard to see his compassion. You probably go through times when you don’t feel that compassion. Yet the truth stands. He cares for you and has carried your anxieties on his cross.
Once in a while I muster up the courage to ski an expert run, yet I’m sure I’d never take the risk if it hadn’t been for my instructor. We can address our fears because of the One who travels the slopes with us.
Maybe this year I’ll face my fears and try High Anxiety…Then again, probably not.
Copyright Douglas P Brauner