I have always been under the understanding that stress is a killer. I don't know where I heard it but as a young person, I believed this to be true and now that I am sitting here, pondering my day and the situations that arise around me. I continue to think that stress is a killer.
I know that I have written about worry. I may have even written about stress before. I have written about techniques and things that I think about that help alleviate the overwhelming emotions that come up when issues that cause stress come up. I don't think that God would want us to worry. I think that God would want us to believe and trust that He is sufficient enough for our problems and issues.
"And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?" Matthew 6:27
"Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me." John 14:1
"And he said to them, 'Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts?" Luke 24:38
"Say to those who have an anxious heart, 'Be strong; fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you.'" Isaiah 35:4
"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid." John 14:27
I could go on and on writing verses that assures us that God doesn't want us to worry. I'm the same way with my children.. When I see my children stressed out, it stresses me out. I sit them down. I tell them not to worry and I do what I do when I am worried. I pray.
In high school, one of my science teachers told me that every thought causes a chemical reaction. I could not get this thought out of my head and it is still there, marinating. If every thought causes a chemical reaction, what are my thoughts doing to my body? How powerful is the mind? Would I have enough thoughts that I can endanger myself? The mind is incredibly powerful. Proverbs 4:23 states, "Be careful what you think, your thoughts run your life." (NCV) So this leads me to believe that I have been right, stress is a killer. The answer is not to be stressed.
I confess that I am easily stressed. I recognize my triggers. I like that word, "trigger." It gives you the option to pull or not pull. There it is: I don't have to pull the trigger just because something presents itself. I have a choice. Yesterday, with a combination of sugar, hormones and some situations; I found myself stressing. I sat down. I read the Bible. I wrote down my prayer to God and I prayed. Still I felt stressed. I feel its effects on me. I hold it in my neck and in my shoulders. I tense up and I hold it in my arms. My scalp is affected and as I fun my fingers through my hair, I am reminded of how powerful my mind is and how it affects my body. Even my scalp tightens as I appear to tighten my bodies for an enemy that does not attack physically but we are affected physically by it.
I breathe in and out. I take deep breaths and stretch out my back. I am thinking about the goodness of God. God is bigger. I stress out the most when I don't believe this. I stress out when I forget how great and how big God is. I need to read His Word, to remind myself that He is in control. I forget how the Word has power. God is bigger than my stress and He is control. Keep this in mind. Praise the Lord.