We cannot let the fear of the storm be the sole focus of our eyes, our hearts, and our minds.
I'm not sure what my problem is today, but I am having serious anxiety about the anticipated Hurricane Florence. It may be that I've never dealt with having a two-year old (or any child) during a big storm, the fact that I am pregnant and my emotions/hormones feel out of whack and all over the place, or the fact that my husband will be serving his community DURING the storm. He is already scheduled to be on shift for two of the big "storm expectancy" days and there is a good chance they may keep him there or he may stay during the storm to ensure he can report for duty and be available for overtime. It's never bothered me this much. I always KNEW that a storm coming probably meant he'd be gone for most of it. I know that no matter the weather, he IS going to work.
Something just feels different. My heart is racing and palms are sweating a little more this time. Maybe it's from reading and watching news reports, seeing the panic in people's eyes as they stock up on water and batteries, or perhaps just the feeling of not knowing how my husband is doing while he is out working IN the storm. We cannot let the fear of the storm be the sole focus of our eyes, our hearts, and our minds.
I just want you to know that today, I am praying for you too. I am praying for you should you be facing any anxiety about your first responder or for the storm in general. If you are a parent, I know that adds to the stressors of storms - whether your children are near or far. Perhaps your spouse is out of town and you have to hold down the fort alone or you are out of the country will your spouse holds down the home front.
Storms do something to us - sometimes they help us realize that "home" is not just possessions, it's being with the people we love and hold close to our hearts. I am repeating this verse over and over today because this anxiety cannot control me - 2 Timothy 1:7, "For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind."
Someone once said that, "Both faith and fear sail into the harbor of your mind, but only faith should be allowed to anchor."
I don't want to harbor the fear, but let faith be the anchor of my soul.
If you are prone to anxiety like me, take these steps with me:
Lizzy Christian received her Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling - Crisis Response and Trauma from Liberty University's Graduate School. Lizzy started her career as a High school Athletic Director and transferred over as a School Counselor to follow her passion for helping the hurting. She is married to a Firefighter/EMT who is working toward his last few phases of becoming a Paramedic. Liz is a contributing writer to Start Marriage Right and was also published with Relevant Magazine.