Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. (Philippians 4:6)
Letting go isn’t a strength for me. I grasp worry, examining the issue from every angle-turning them over and over and over in my mind. Maybe I’m hoping for a solution but what inevitably happens is anxiety. Tight chest, racing heart, confusing thoughts. Most of the time I can deal with the anxiety. I’ve learned coping mechanisms over the years, stopping to whisper a prayer, saying memory verses out loud, having a quiet day…baking. I’ve been doing a lot of baking lately.
But there have been times when life overwhelms. Maybe it’s circumstances. Maybe it’s brain chemicals or hormones.
Nevertheless, at those times I need help letting go of the worry and anxiety.
Last week I was in a vicious cycle like that.Talking to my life long friend Julie, I asked her to pray for me to have peace, she said:
“You have to let go. Try this: picture a red balloon in your fist. Tie the worries to your balloon, tell God you trust Him with all of them.
Now let go of the balloon…and the worries”
I heard a smile in her voice as she finished, “Oh, and it has to be a red balloon, only the red ones make it to heaven.”
Since then I’ve paused twenty times a day and pictured my fist un-clinching, as I let go of a chubby red balloon with a long list of worries attached.
Sunday, at the grocery store, I got a red balloon. I wanted to physically go through the motion of opening my hand and letting go.
I let go and as I watched that red balloon float lazy toward heaven I thanked God for hearing me and for being big enough to handle whatever worries that today brings.
Is there something that’s causing you anxiety today?
Tie it to a red balloon, open your hand and let go.
God’s got this.
~Saying a prayer for your peace my sweet friends~