Being anxious is something I struggle with, especially when everything about a situation is unknown. I worry so much about how things will work out. When Philippians 4 promises the peace of God will hold my heart and mind, it sounds like the perfect release from the tightness that being anxious can bring. The catch? I need to learn to let go. I must let go of my need to focus on the end result.
Sometimes to let go, I just need time to refocus – time away, self-care time. We cannot be expected to use our gifts fully and willingly if we are not restored ourselves. As an introvert, I need time away from people and time to be quiet, reflect, relax and renew my energy. Doing what I need to take care of myself is a form of rejoicing in God, too.
As we near Christmas, I can only imagine how anxious Mary and Joseph were for the arrival of Jesus. Still, they were probably also just as excited – excited for the baby and excited for what God had in store for them. I’m sure they learned sometime during Mary’s pregnancy that they needed to let go of their anxiety and rejoice in God’s work. Part of that would have been making sure they were also taking care of themselves.
I invite you to enter this season of rejoicing with love and service, but also with self-care. So, that the peace of God may enter you and hold your heart and your mind in Jesus.