My printer has to realign itself every time I change the ink. You know what I’m talking about? Back in the old days, we used to type in certain numbers to align our printers. Fortunately, those days are over. Now we can just scan the sheet of paper it prints out and it will align itself. A printer cannot print anything intelligible without equilibrium.
Also, one of the first skills you learn when dressing yourself is to button your shirt the right way. You start by buttoning the second button from the top and then work your way down. If you try to start somewhere in the middle you can easily get the buttons off-center. Even shirts need equilibrium.
Just as printers and shirts were created to function in balance, so are we. Anyone who has suffered from Vertigo can attest to the importance of being able to keep your balance. Without proper functioning of the inner ear otherwise physically capable individuals find simple tasks such as walking or standing impossible. In order to accomplish anything in life we need to first have equilibrium.
God created us to be in equilibrium. If we are not balanced in an area of life that part of us will be unhealthy bringing us anxiety.
Think about equilibrium in relation to your body. If you don’t eat a balanced diet, your body may not get the vital nutrients it needs or it will get too many calories than it needs (in my case it will get too much of Blue Bell’s Cookies and Cream ice cream) and it will be unhealthy. If you do not do enough physical activity, such as exercise, you can also cause your body to be unhealthy. Our bodies were created to be maintained a certain way and when it is balanced it is healthy. This equilibrium gives the body peace.
Let me give you one other example from our lives: Finances. We all know what can happen when we do not have equilibrium in our finances. A balanced budget is very important for everyone’s household. If you are spending more than you make then you are probably in debt. Debt leads to unhealthy finances which leads to many other difficulties in life including stress in relationships and a lot of anxiety. An imbalanced budget leads to chaos.
This is what I’m saying: God created us to be balanced in all areas of life. If we are not balanced we will know it because we will be anxious and agitated about it. The byproduct of equilibrium is peace. The byproduct then of an imbalanced life is anxiety. I believe that anxiety can alert us to a problem area that we need to resolve. There are two different types of anxiety. The type of anxiety that alerts you to situations that you need to change and the type of anxiety you experience in situations that you feel you cannot change. I want us to think about the first kind…the kind you can do something about.
The Bible is pretty clear about what we are to do with anxiety. Paul says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but 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.” (Phil 4:6). All anxiety should be prayed about. It should be taken to God with the expectation that the peace of God will be given to us. This verse is not saying that anxiety is a sin. Paul is saying that when you feel anxiety you are to take it to God in prayer and seek peace. If you truly seek God’s peace in your anxiety, God will make it clear to you what you need to do to restore balance. Many times we are the cause of anxiety in our life through bad decisions, conflict, and sin and sometimes we are not. God does not always give you complete peace about a situation without action whether the anxiety is your fault or not. You may need to act on God’s leading to change some things in your life to reach equilibrium again.
Steven was feeling out of control. His career was progressing well. He loved what he did but his family was struggling. The hours he put in as a physical therapist for a professional soccer team was really taking a toll. During the season, he would be gone weeks at a time. He was growing distant from his kids and even more distant from his wife. His life was imbalanced. He prayed about this after a long discussion with his wife during one of his short pit stops back at home. He knew that he had to change something to keep peace in his life and in his family’s life. As he prayed, Steven felt peace about the situation but he knew that God was calling him to do something to balance out his life. Although it was difficult for Steven at first, he gave up his position on the soccer team and took a job as a physical therapist for a local hospital. Steven was able to bring balance to his life by hearing the call of God to restore equilibrium. He and his family have peace from God through his decision.
This is just one example of a life that was out of balance. We all have some area of life that we struggle to balance. What is yours?
- What area of your life do you struggle to keep balanced?
- Do you take your anxiety to God when imbalance strikes?
- What do you need to do to follow God’s lead to restore peace?