by Rev. Diane Weible
I’ve had several different conversations this past week about anxiety. There seems to be a lot of anxiety in the air. Anxiety and impatience in our relationships—even in our closest relationships; anxiety at work and in our relationships with colleagues; general anxiety in every day interactions.
I don’t know what this anxiety is about but I can guess. We are reeling from more reports of school shootings; neighbors in Texas have lived in fear of exploding packages; the news cycle is filled with stories of, well, I don’t even want to try to explain it but I know it is not stories about people helping people and government reaching out to help us find solutions to serious issues like homelessness, racial injustice, sexism and white supremacy.
I don’t know about you but I feel helpless. I feel frustrated. I feel out of control. It all feels bigger than me. Too big.
So, where do we go? What do we do?
If this were a children’s sermon someone would have their hand up by now with the answer: God!
And, that’s where I really want to go. Despite our anxiety; even when we feel most out of control; when we feel overwhelmed by the brokenness in our world—God is there. God is not going to leave us and will not stop helping us figure it all out.
I want to encourage us to set our anxiety aside—no, let’s give it to God. God can handle it in a way we cannot. Let’s invite God in to our relationships, into our thoughts, into our hearts so that we no longer have to fight for control but can, instead, allow God to be in control.
As Lent comes to a close and Holy Week approaches, the invitation we have is to remember what God has done in the world. The journey to the cross is a reminder of the triumph of good over evil; of life over death; of peace over anxiety and pain; of hope over hopelessness and brokenness. Yes, we are not alone. The Holy One who did not abandon Jesus, will not abandon us but will walk with us and encourage (even push!) us when we need it the most.
May the peace of Christ which passes all understanding be with you now and always.