A Spirit of Heaviness

Major change and too much stress can throw me for a loop. Truthfully, I’d rather avoid both and live in my “box” but occasionally, they come my way. For me, the result that follows is anxiousness which leads to a heavy heart. The feeling of heaviness is difficult to define but it can overpower the human spirit causing insecurity and sleeplessness. When this heavy-heartedness comes my way I know I must immediately take corrective action. My focus must shift off myself and onto God. First, I’m reminded from where my help comes and I’m quick to seek His help. Next, with intentionality, I decide to be joyful and look for reasons to express gratitude to God even for the smallest things. My response to heaviness is not a magic pill but a spiritual discipline I follow. It’s not easy nor is it natural but it is necessary if His peace, joy and contentment are to return.

Perhaps you also struggle with a heavy spirit at times. Too much stress, financial problems, major life changes or losing a loved one (to name a few) can usher in a heavy heart. It’s normal! Be reminded that God created all human beings with feelings and it is not unusual to experience emotional highs and lows. Also be reminded that God desires to replace it with a joy and a contentment that runs deep beneath the stormy surface of heaviness. His provision of peace and rest is foundational and offers us a security we can depend upon. So, don’t let a heart of heaviness stop you in your tracks. God wants to be your helper.

The psalmist writes, those who look to Him for Help will be radiant with joy; no shadow or shame will darken their faces (Psalm 34: 5). The Lord is my strength and shield. I will trust Him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving (Psalm 28:7).

When heaviness comes, our challenge is to shift the focus from ourselves onto the Lord and others. Intentionally choose gratitude and thanksgiving; pray for someone else and meditate upon God’s many promises. In time, the heaviness will lift and be replaced with peace, joy and contentment. Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him (Psalm 34:8).  Make today count for His glory!