Anxiety and the Unanswered Question
Are you an anxious person? I can be. It is a result of my competitive and perfectionist natures. When life's demands grind these two to a fine powder, the result is anxiety. I can open the door to a sort of inner turmoil that lasts for days. Big projects and events usually play the role of mortar and pestle in my life. The funny thing is that I enjoy big projects and events; they are the type of work that I love to do. But the process of their invention is often shrouded with uncertainty and doubt. Anxiety plays a big role in our lives today. One Google search will reveal a trove of articles and studies focusing on anxiety. It is a new reality for adolescents, professionals, and students. People point to our fast paced culture, uncertainty, and high expectations as the source. But have you ever considered that the source of our anxiety is the lack of a clear self identity?
Now anxiety is the mark of spiritual insecurity. It is the fruit of unanswered questions.
-Thomas Merton, No Man is an Island
Thomas Merton attributes anxiety to spiritual insecurity, as the product of unanswered questions. The Bible speaks clearly towards the topic of anxiety and worry. We are instructed to bring the things that trouble us to God and allow him to care for us. We are to rest in his provision and live a life of love and self-discipline. This is the type of relationship we should have with our creator: to trust him with our stuff. Do you see yourself in this light? As one who can trust on God and give your worries to him. Or do you feel like you have to carry it yourself and bear the full weight of life on your shoulders. Dont try to do it alone, you will be crushed. Learn how to see yourself as being dependent on God's support and give up some of your anxious thoughts to him. Life will be far more rewarding and your friends will want to hang out with you again.