Life is a rollercoaster. We have all heard that saying. I have found my life to be just that. A rollercoaster. I’ve lived through extreme highs and extreme lows. This is due to my own emotions and to situations in my surroundings… ranging from paralyzing anxiety to elated joy and fulfillment. I have learned that though many of my emotions are usually due to my perceptions and the situations around me, they can also be limiting, whether it be a negative or positive emotion. This is because emotions can be fleeting and even deceitful because they do not necessarily stem from the truth. On the other hand, if we choose it, emotions can stem from a healthy intuition and also a leading of God’s discernment.
While searching for peace and fulfillment in my life I have learned and re-learned (and am still learning) the lesson that I should not let own my emotions control me. Instead, I have learned to remind myself that I have a choice. I have a choice of how to react to an emotion regardless of the situation. Perhaps this is something widely known… and though I have heard it said and have read it numerous times, I am still learning how to practice it. How can I control my emotions? How can I control my feelings? How can I control my reactions to situations around me?
In a life where I feel like I’m up and down and all around, I have learned some facts that help me cope. I share them so that perhaps it might help others who can relate:
–Romans 12:2 says, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind”. In this world, we are mostly accustomed to “act out” our emotions. This is seen in violence (both verbal and physical) and volatile behavior, which has become increasingly acceptable. The verse encourages us to not conform to the erratic ways in this world. Instead, we are to let God’s Holy Spirit live through our thoughts and in our minds. We are to allow our Creator to take over our being with His peace by allowing Him to renew our minds with His love.
–Philippians 4:6-7 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus”. This verse promises that the peace that surpasses all understanding, God’s supernatural peace, will guard our hearts and minds if we look to Him in prayer and petition with thanksgiving. This is a promise of stability and constancy regardless of what we feel and go through if we allow God to give us that stability and constancy.
–Hebrews 13:8 says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever”. This is a reminder that no matter what I am going through and no matter how I might feel… no matter the ups and downs and all around, God is the same all the time. My peace and my stability comes from God Himself if I allow Him to do His supernatural healing, restoring and redeeming in my being.
–Hebrews 6:19 says, “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure”. Jesus Christ suffered and died to heal us and redeem us. He died so that we could have a second chance at life and a second chance at every choice that we make. If we allow His Holy Spirit to take over, His love will be our first reaction to our emotions. His peace, which surpasses all understanding, takes over and we are able to make wiser decisions because of Him. No matter how many ups and downs and all arounds we might experience, He is the same, He is our anchor, and His love is our stability.
It is an ongoing process to let God renew our minds, pray and know that He is our anchor. However, I have found I need to be proactive in order to surrender my ups and downs and all around to God. I need to make constant conscious decisions of fixing my eyes on the Lord to feel His peace and fulfillment. If you are feeling like you need constancy, stability and empowerment, look up to your Creator. He is waiting for you to turn to Him.
Dear Lord, in this unpredictable world and unpredictable life, full of ups and downs and all around, I give it all to you. Please take my emotions and make them yours. Lord, help me to empty myself of my own ways and fill me with your renewal, healing and constancy in body, mind and soul. Amen.