Stress = Bad by Elizabeth Puckett

Iíve decided that stress is an evil word. No really, Iím going to look it up in a dictionary and I bet you one of the definitions includes something about it being the most evil word in the English language. Okay, okay, so Iím exaggerating a touch but hear me out. Stress is not conducive to anything but more stress. 

Tests, homework, assignments, reports, hateful coworkers, grouchy customers, fickle friends, family crises, natural disasters, untimely coincidences and down right rainy daysÖthereís no end to the list of stressful situations. Some days it seems like everything gets piled on your lap and to make matters worse you forgot to roll up your car windows and itís raining outside. Letís face it. There are days you wish had never started. And when you crawl into bed at night whatís running through your mind? Does all the stress follow you to bed? Do you lay your head down at night with all your cares piled beneath your pillow? I know I have. 

But Jesus said, ďCome 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.Ē (Matthew 11:28-30) 

At night when your restless, anxious heart wonít stop itís quickened pace and you canít settle your spirit, go and lay it all down. Pry it out of your fingers if you have to and take a deep breath. There is nothing God is not able to accomplish. There is no pain He canít ease, no sorrow He canít comfort and no stress He canít make light of. Notice I didnít say, ďGod will make it all go away.Ē Sometimes He does stop the world from spinning to rescue you, but sometimes He simply stops your head from spinning to rescue your heart. 

Elizabeth Puckett
Excerpted from More Than That,  July 2005