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Anxiety and Comfort

I have a ‘thank you’ to say to someone who doesn’t even know me. Philippa Hanna has written a devotional book which I picked up for the first time today. In today’s reflection/devotional she speaks about rejection – particularly rejection towards creatives for their work. She mentions that people like Walt Disney were rejected for lack of imagination! She encourages us not to give up when we face inevitable rejection. Thank you Philippa Hanna! I needed to hear that.

When I was in year 9 at school, and choosing options, I wanted to take GCSE art. It was my favourite subject at school. However my year 9 art teacher said that I was cr** at art and that he would quit if I took it. I should have let him! Instead I took drama, which I failed! I’m now trying to become an artist – in fact all of my life revolves around being creative in some way. But, in the front of my mind is my teacher’s voice telling me that I’d never be any good at art and that I’m cr** at it.

Philippa Hanna’s devotion was linked to the verse, ‘For the Lord will not reject his people; he will never forsake his inheritance.’ (Psalm 94:14 NIV).

I opened my Bible to read the rest of the Psalm. I read it in the New King James Version (NKJV).

Verse 19 says, ‘In the multitude of my anxieties within me, Your comforts delight my soul.’

This too was helpful for me. I have a multitude of worries and fears and anxieties within me at the moment. But, I have found comfort and joy in both the words in Philippa Hanna’s devotion, and the Psalm.

This has greatly lifted my mood and encouraged me. The fog of depression has lifted a little.

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