Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God,
that He may exalt you in due time,
casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil
walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
Resist him, steadfast in the faith…
~ 1 Peter 5:6-9a ~
Ever feel like the peaceful meadow you are resting in suddenly becomes a place of panic because out of nowhere a wolf pounces on you and takes a huge chunk of your peace? That happened this afternoon.
Oh, how wonderful and great is God! Not only did He show me how weak I am, but He also helped me understand (a bit) what others who deal with panic attacks suffer and how to pray for them.
The panic that struck was nothing more than what the big bad wolf blew at the three little pigs—blustering hot air. But, it was also a good lesson and a powerful reminder of what I am.
I thought my trust in the Lord was solid and my strength like that of brick, but they were more like straw and sticks, which at any moment, can be blown down.
I did what I tend to do when in distress, I turned to God in prayer (who surrounds me and is stronger than brick—He is the Rock on which I stand). As I prayed, the song I had been using as a prayer for others became mine: Hillsong’s, Made Me Glad. He calmed me and helped me get over the panic. He did that yesterday, too, when an oppressive fear appeared out of nowhere and tried to settle in and on me.
Today’s event turned out to be a good reminder to intercede for those who suffer from panic attacks; be vigilant, at all times; and be clothed in God’s armor. Also, that my adversary is waiting for the right moment to devour me, just as a thief comes in the night to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. Jesus said that He came that they may have life, and that they may have [it] more abundantly (John 10:10). I want that abundant life, do you?
Our God is our defender, our strong tower, our refuge and strength, and help in time of trouble. If you find yourself in any place other than where God wants you—with panic, confusion, or fretting—take it to Jesus; He will take care of you and give you the peace He intends you to have. He is the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep (John 10:11).