Brain spin – that’s what I call it when my brain gets so much in it, that it’s hard to keep track of everything all at once. It’s a foggy and stressed-out feeling. Know what I mean?
Events, appointments to keep, lists of things to do – it suddenly feels like our daily “things to do” is spinning out of control. We look on the calendar and see more things to do in the weeks to come. It feels hard to think straight. It’s like being on a merry-go-round that goes faster and faster. You feel you’re going to be thrown off so you hold on for dear life. Remember as children when doing that was fun? In real-world adult life, the merry-go-round experience is no longer a game. It’s full of stress and can become a fearful thing if left to spin faster and faster. Still, the faster the spin the harder we grab hold.
Brain spin started to whirl in my thoughts today. I looked at the calendar along with my “to do” list and felt the brain spin begin. What can we do when the merry-go-round of life is spinning out of control? We can take our frustrations out on those around us but no one feels good after those moments. We can beat up pillows or break things but we have to clean up the mess and such behavior scares people. We could just scream or run naked down the highway but that would put us in an asylum. Hmmm, what to do, what to do.
I know – let’s look to the Master Stress-Reliever. It’s a heavenly choice. It’s an action to take. In Psalm 121: 1-2, we read of a choice available to us: “I lift up my eyes unto the hills. Where does my help come from? It comes from the Lord who made heaven and earth.” It’s impossible to look up and down at the same time. We have to choose to do one or the other. If we choose to look down, we see the continued daily stresses that send us into brain spin and we go faster and faster hoping not to fall off the merry-go-round. If we choose to look up, we see a heavenly help; we see Jesus in all His strength and wisdom, ready to rush to our aid bringing His own peace, slowing the brain spin into a manageable ride.
Are you on a merry-go-round in life? Brain spin whirling out of control? Look up. See Jesus. Hear Him speak, “Peace, be still” in the middle of your storm.