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Outside the Pressure Cooker


Outside the Pressure Cooker


Beth and I just returned from a trip to Jamaica. It was heavenly.

Each day the temperatures would reach 85 degrees Fahrenheit in the afternoon and retreat to 72 degrees in the evenings. It would be difficult to find better weather conditions. While there, food and beverages were all-inclusive with a waving of our wristband. We both brought some terrific books. We soaked up the sun’s Vitamin D.

On three of the seven days we were able to take out the sailboat and enjoy whisking across the warm Caribbean waters. We loved every minute.

Yet perhaps the most surprising discovery was how well we got along with one another outside of the rush and pressure of city life back home.

We simply enjoyed one another in a way that we hadn’t in some time. We both commented about how we would love to stay longer in this Caribbean Nirvana.

Unfortunately, at the end of the week, we had to fly home. Reentry was a challenge, to say the least. Several conflicts broke out. I couldn’t help but wonder what changed from one place to the other.

The scriptures exhort us to “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:6-7).

I recently discovered that when I am anxious, my Parkinson’s notifies me with tremors in my left thumb and left leg. (Don’t ask me why.) Since that started, I’ve become aware of things that make me anxious that I never noticed before.

So now that I have a warning light, so to speak, I should easily be able to battle anxiety. Right? Wrong.

Paul’s prescription for this anxiety issue is prayer and thanksgiving. I believe he is right, but although his advice appears simple, it is entirely difficult. It’s a good thing that we have an entire lifetime to work this out.


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