A Little Stress Relief
Midterms have rolled around for the NCU community, and a season of stress has come upon us. I’d like to take a few minutes of your time to reflect on what God has to say about this. So, take a deep breath, read, and enjoy.
Oh, how stress comes in waves, crashing over us with great force. It pulls us down into the tide. Struggling for breath we reach up, grasping for the surface. For a brief second, the crisp cold air bites our face. We gorge ourselves with it, and again an unseen force pulls us back into the salty abyss.
Sometimes it can feel like we’re drowning. We can be bogged down with some of life’s greatest mysteries: work, school, friendships, relationships, and even our own deepest thoughts. What can we do when it feels like life is against us? I’ve found that the truest relief comes from the Word. Imagine you’re stepping into the ring with stress. It’s time you battle it face to face. When you look behind you, in your corner, who’s there? Is it the beaten and run-down world? Or is it the strong and wise Almighty one?
Let’s look at a few passages:
God as our protection–
“I lift my eyes to the mountains- where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip- he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord watches over you- the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all harm- he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.” -Psalm 121
Have you ever wished that someone would see you when you are feeling overwhelmed, and reach out to pull you out? The good news is that you are being watched, and he won’t let your foot slip.
God as our Stress relief–
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with Thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” –Philippians 4:6-7
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” -Matthew 11:28-30
As you begin to feel like you can’t take anymore stress, take a break. Breath deeply and give it to God. Nothing is worth a broken and strained mind. Think on him and reflect on his promises. Take his protection and relief.
Go and do your midterms wholeheartedly NCU, and when you’re done let us know how they went!