“I am the one that raises the whip to your already beating heart.
I am the obsessive
and I am the compulsive.
I am the voice in your head that questions everything you do.
My name is anxiety.”
This is taken from a poster that I recently saw on the back of a public restroom.
It is part of a campaign by beyondblue, aimed at raising awareness, offering support and de-stigmatizing anxiety and mental illness.
Anxiety is a serious condition that can have crippling emotional and physical effects on those suffering from it.
Because of this, I DO NOT even for a second wish to detract from or minimize the impact of anxiety and it’s effect/s on the sufferer’s life.
Nor do I wish to provide some la-de-da rainbows and butterflies Christian cliché platitude, encouraging you to ‘keep your chin up and just stop worrying’.
And yes, I am writing from a place of experience, not ignorance.
This post is just my personal response to this particular ad.
When I first saw the poster I was troubled.
As strange as this sounds, I felt an atmosphere of fear and despair surround me immediately after reading those words.
They offered no hope.
They we’re menacing.
They gave me a feeling of impending doom.
And yes, I GET IT, that’s exactly what anxiety is.
But when we personify it and hedge it with words like ‘I am’, I believe we give to it a life-force, a greater power. Power that it does not deserve.
A position of authority that it does not deserve.
When God appeared to Moses from within the burning bush, and asked him to lead the Israelites out of bondage and captivity, Moses asked:
When the people ask who sent me, what is his name, what do I tell them?
God replied; “I AM WHO I AM.” (Exodus 3:14 NKJV)
God did not need to prove who He was. He had already done that! He is who He is, His character, His goodness, His sovereignty has never changed, not since the beginning of time, not since the days of Moses, nor the days of Jesus. It will not change in these, our days, nor beyond. He is who He says He is, ALWAYS.
Below, I have included a list of some of the characteristics of God. It is not an exhaustive list. But it is a list, that if pondered and meditated upon, will soak your spirit with His goodness, His hope.
And you know, maybe, just maybe, by allowing these words to penetrate your mind, body and spirit as you purposefully choose to think about and meditate upon them, they will became your hope of deliverance and freedom from bondage, just as they were for Moses and the Israelites.
• ABBA (Romans 8:15)
• ADVOCATE (I John 2:1 (kjv)
• COMFORTER (John 14:26(kjv)
• COUNSELLOR (Isaiah 9:6)
• DELIVERER (Romans 11:26)
• EVERLASTING FATHER (Isaiah 9:6)
• FAITHFUL & TRUE (Revelation 19:11)
• GENTLE WHISPER (1 Kings 19:12)
• GOD OVER ALL (Romans 9:5)
• GOD WHO SEES ME (Genesis 16:13)
• GOOD SHEPHERD (John 10:11)
• GREAT SHEPHERD (Hebrews 13:20)
• GUIDE (Psalm 48:14)
• HOPE (Titus 2:13)
• I AM (Exodus 3:14, John 8:58)
• LIFE (John 14:6)
• LOVE (1 John 4:8)
• MERCIFUL GOD (Jeremiah 3:12)
• OUR PEACE (Ephesians 2:14)
• PRINCE OF PEACE (Isaiah 9:6)
• REDEEMER (Job 19:25)
• SAVIOUR (Luke 2:11)
• SHEPHERD OF OUR SOULS (1Peter 2:25)
• SHIELD (Genesis 15:1)
• TRUTH (John 14:6)
• WAY (John 14:6)
• WONDERFUL (Isaiah 9:6)