Anxiety | Day Two

By: Morgan Eseke 

Yesterday, I told you about the time I got totally stressed out while snorkeling in Hawaii. Today, I want to tell you the rest of the story... Do you know what happened that day in that scenic little cove when I trusted enough to stick my face in the water and swim?

 

Things got quiet.

 

Despite the breakers crashing on the surface, under the water it was serene and beautiful and peaceful.

 

Face in the water, I blinked the saltwater out of my eyes and finally noticed the sea turtle, less than two feet away staring back at me! Seconds before I was panicked, ferociously treading water like my life depended on it. But with my eyes focused on the colorful reef and a character straight out of Finding Nemo, the whitecaps and the anxiety didn’t matter anymore.

 

Things were perfect. Tranquil. Magical. For several enchanted minutes my turtle and I quietly observed one another as we slowly, safely bobbed with the waves.

 

The same thing happens when we lock our eyes on Christ and His promise of Eternity.

 

I’ve learned that an eternal perspective is the anecdote to the washing machine of hollow busyness, stress, and anxiety. When my attention is on God—His holy character—and future with Him in Heaven, things that would normally cause waves of fear, insecurity, or worry in my life are nearly unrecognizable.

 

Look up 2 Corinthians 4:18.

 

What things are you focusing on today that are temporary?

 

What happens in your heart when you shift your gaze to what is eternal?

 

For me, when I focus on what’s eternal I tend to care less about what others think of me and my normally obsession with FOMO (fear of missing out) is not as big of a deal. While I still desire to pursue excellence, the mistakes I made at work or school seems less consequential. I’m less stressed, less fearful, and I worry less about being perfect. It’s peace beyond all understanding!

 

Look up James 4:13-15. What is the main point of this passage?

 

Truthfully, Eternity and Heaven and Hell are difficult things for me to comprehend—it takes daily effort to remind myself of their importance and reality. It’s so much easier to get caught up in what’s in front of me—work, school, losing weight, what to wear, what’s for dinner….Waves.

  

My prayer is that you and I would be brave enough to swim through the waves—whatever they may be for you—with Eternity in clear view.

 

How does an Eternal perspective help you overcome fears, anxiety, and stress? How does it help you prioritize your schedule? How does it affect your relationships and conversations?

 

I have lots of room to become braver in the way I run towards Christ. But I know it’s easier when my perspective is clear. My prayer for both of us is that we would keep Jesus and his promise of eternity in focus today.