I asked my wife, Betty. Have you seen my wallet? "Yes, I saw it last night. The cat was playing with it." I don't know what the look was on my face, but it motivated everyone to find that wallet fast. But still Nothing.
Betty had a 10 am appointment she could not miss so we had to leave. All the time I am thinking, "Where is that wallet? Where is that wallet? Where is that wallet?" I didn't have a panic attack, but I knew that wallet was somewhere. This was starting to stress me out?
When we got to church, I headed straight for my desk. Nothing. No wallet. So after Betty's appointment. Back to the house.
Upon our arrival, I asked her, "Where did you see it last?" "The bedroom" she answers. So away we go. We looked under the bed (for the 100th time). We looked under the couch, again. We looked under the chair, again. So, the next step is obvious. Clean the room!
Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Again, I didn't have a panic attack. If the cat ate my wallet, he would be in bad shape. So outside of that, it's in the bedroom somewhere.
But when I was doing research for this blog, I was overwhelmed with the number of articles about panic attacks. While I wasn't having one, I do know what they are. We've all had one at one time or another. That feeling you get when life is out of control, spiraling downward and there seems to be nothing you can do about it. The old adage, "It isn't the fall that kills you, it's the sudden stop." begins to haunt you. Or, "You don't bounce back, you just go SPLAT!" sounds like a real possibility.
So what do you do?
Don't fear. Fear will lead you to anxiety. Research the Bible and discover scriptures you can believe in. You will be surprised how the Word of God will bring comfort to your need.
Give God control. Yes, this is the hard one. But ask yourself this question. How are things going now that you are in charge? No so good? Then you have nothing to lose by letting God have a shot.
Remember, the ending is good. Paul said that if you die, then you are with Jesus. So that's a bad deal? Now if you die and you haven't repented of your sins and given your life to Jesus - well, your bad day is going to get a lot worse.
PRAY: Dear Jesus, I'm giving you control of my life today. AMEN
Oh! Where was the wallet? As we started to clean the bedroom, the first thing I picked up was the shoes I wore to church yesterday. I saw something in them, and sure enough, it was my wallet. Betty perked up and said, "Oh, yea! Now I remember. I put it in there for safe keeping."