“It’s The Most Wonderful Time of Year”, at least that’s what the popular Christmas song says. The holidays really are a wonderful time of year, but it’s also a time of increased anxiety. The holiday season is a busy time of year with extra shopping which could raise anxiety levels due to more spending than usual. Preparing your home for out of town guests or packing and preparing to travel and be the out of town guests can cause anxiety. Sometimes just being with family that you don’t see often can cause anxiety. Some spend much of the holiday season grieving the loss of a loved one which will cause anxiety. As fun and memorable as the holiday season is, it can certainly be a time of anxiety also.
The truth of the matter is that we deal with some level of anxiety on a daily basis and not just once a year during the holiday season. So, what are we to do with anxiety? How are we to cope with potential increased anxiety during the holidays? Some may say that we just have to grit our teeth and grind through the next few weeks and any anxiety that life brings our way. There certainly may be some truth to that, but there is another option that I believe offers us more support and success in overcoming anxiety. Simply put, give your anxiety to God. “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”(I Pet.5:6-7). Did you catch that? God cares so much for you that He’s willing to take on all of your anxieties.
We all deal with anxiety and we all like the thought and the opportunity of giving our anxiety over to God, but the problem is we want to take it back. Why? Why do we so desire to take our anxiety back from a God that has the ability to handle it, calm us and deliver us through it? Whatever time of year and whatever the cause of your anxiety, give it up to God and let go of it. How freeing it is to deliver our anxiety to God and allow Him to deliver us from the worries that ultimately distract us from Him. A popular jail house saying is “let go and let God”. My hope is that those of us who live in freedom will adopt that slogan and then experience true freedom from the anxieties that attack our faith on a regular basis.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God”(Phil.4:6).