For me the hamster wheel is something that happens in my mind. It’s when I start thinking about something over and over and over again. Do you do this? Sometimes I just can’t let things go. In fact, that is me today. I can’t stop rehearsing a difficult conversation I need to have this afternoon.
In most cases, rehearsal is a good thing. This time the rehearsal is producing anxiety which is not good for my brain, body and overall demeanor. You could say I have been a little tense and crabby these past days. My husband and kids may have other words to describe my attitude, but needless to say my responses have been short, distracted and a little terse.
Why do we do this to ourselves? Does this conversation carry a burden of responsibility with it? Yes. But why am I so anxiety ridden over it? Scripture tells us to cast our cares on Him.
28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11 NIV.
I have certainly been praying about this but clearly I’m not handing it over to Him. If I am, I keep taking it back. So I have started to walk my own talk and focus on His promises.
165 Great peace have those who love your law,
and nothing can make them stumble. Psalm 119:165 (NIV).