A Christian Science perspective on daily life.
Whether you're worried about missing a flight because of long lines at a security checkpoint or are wondering if the budget cuts at your company mean that you're going to lose your job, feelings of helplessness and anxiety can be hard to deal with. And then there are the larger issues of terrorism and random violence that can keep one on edge.
For me, stress often involves my commute. And right after 9/11, the anxiety ratcheted up to a very high level. I drive to work on an interstate that turns into an elevated highway as it enters Boston, and after seeing the pictures of the World Trade Center, I kept thinking about what I would do if this highway were attacked. Stark images ran through my mind, and as my anxiety increased, I knew I had to stop them, or I'd never be able to drive that way to work again.
The Bible has given me much help over the years through the lives of people such as Moses, Nehemiah, Daniel, Joseph, and others who have had to face down challenges much greater than mine. As I was praying about this particular situation, though, it was the Psalmist who came to my aid. "What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee…. In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid [of] what man can do unto me" (Ps. 56:3, 11).
That idea of trusting God isn't an abstract concept. For most of my life I've relied on Him to guide me through all kinds of experiences, including times when I was in physical danger. Each has been a building block in the foundation of my trust. Every time God has led me out of a dark alley – whether in a city or in my thoughts – I've felt more inclined to return to my divine source for help.