Anxiety and Relief


I have wondered about Jesus’s anxiety, His agony, in the garden of Gethsemane. I have always seen it as a special case, especially since Paul later tells us to be anxious for nothing, in his letter to the Philippians (Phil 6:7). I certainly don’t blame Him.

And now, as I’ve been fighting leukemia, I’ve confronted anxiety myself plenty of times. For the most part, prayer has given me God’s relief, though it doesn’t always come immediately. But this cartoon reminds me that I may not get the relief the world says I should expect.

One thing I take away is that Jesus confronted his anxiety, and gave it over to God. He was then prepared to go through whatever He had to, since He knew who was in control.

Another thing I take away is that while we say that God will handle it, and it will be okay, I have to remember that for Jesus that included His torture and crucifixion. Obviously “okay” needs to be defined on God’s terms.

Am I ready for that?

Author: Tom Lindsay

Just a regular guy who likes to shoot and cook barbecue. Leukemia survivor. Bourbon drinker. Chemical Engineer.

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