Just about everyone that I’ve talked to has been under a great deal of stress this week. I don’t know if it is the start of summer that has done it or if it is the end of school for most students or what it is. It has been a very odd week.
I usually handle stress very well. I am not wired like most pastors who have a very ordered type A personality. I’m much more laid back and take things as they come. But even I have been feeling a lot of stress for the last few weeks. Ironically, I was even on vacation last week but couldn’t escape a lot of the problems that I was supposed to vacate. This week I saw the effects of my built up stress when I went to the doctor – my blood pressure was much higher than normal. Usually my blood pressure is the only good thing I have going for me.
When we’re feeling stressed – and I have to preach to myself right now as well – we need to remember that God is in control no matter what. He has promised to provide for our needs. Beyond that, we’ll survive and He will give us the strength to handle whatever comes our way. We are promised to never have more than we can handle. This is an easy promise to believe in because when God is with us, we can handle anything.