Many people think that having a bit of anxiety means you have no faith. This is far from the truth. It’s not a lack of faith that causes anxiety. Anxiety comes as a result of the love you have for family and friends, people you care about. It is the outcome of the myriad of thoughts that arise concerning the future care of loved ones. It is impossible to truly love someone and never have a measure of anxiety. That does not mean that faith is not present. Anxiety is what keeps us conscious of our priorities, of what is important to us. The trick is to not let it overwhelm us.
Faith gives us the strength to move forward in the dark tunnels we sometimes find ourselves in. Having faith does not diminish the possibility of the occasional anxiety attack. This is why it’s always good to share your experiences with people you trust, people who you know will add to your faith to keep you going forward, people who have the ability to help lower the anxiety level to clear your mind with words or with just their presence. I am immensely grateful for my family and the small circle of friends that I have been blessed to be connected to with whom I am able to share and pray. They keep me balanced and grounded.
I have recently experienced quite a bit of physical challenges. One, in particular, landed me in the ER. The issue was life-threatening. Needless to say, in spite of it all, I was more concerned with who will be there for my family than I was about myself. Don’t get me wrong. I am much more concerned about my health, more now than ever before, because of the people that I care about. It is because of them and my desire to be there for and with them that I made better health choices. After some meditation, I realized that this is what caused me to feel anxious.
These are the moments when you can clearly define why you are here, why you are alive, why you insist on living. We all entertain the question of why we are here and what our purpose is, but we don’t really define the reasons within ourselves until we are faced with situations that force us to make those definitions. We normally don’t clearly define our priorities in order of what is most important to ourselves as opposed to what is important to others. Faith mixed with a pinch of anxiety does indeed sharpen your perspective and your worldview and gives you a more clear view of your place in the bigger picture and how you are connected to so many others. No one is an island. We are all connected in some way, which is why, to some degree, there will always be moments of anxiety in our lives, even as we walk in faith.