It never fails to quickly get me out of a dark and worrisome mode. . . . Deploying love and gratitude....and humor. . . . I find there is a place, which the Spirit brings . . . where almost instantly--though there might have been fear, anxiety--the situation can be transformed into one of hope, love, thankfulness. The Spirit is love and truth . . . and the truth of any situation is that it could (and really should) be so much worse; but God's grace preserves us from devastating horrors constantly. We have no idea just what our fallen wretchedness actually deserves--but instead, the Lord mitigates the suffering and torment we would be experiencing even NOW but for His protection and sustenance. . . . Hence the gratitude. It is a hellish place and point of view that does not realize how much there is to be thankful for.
If in a dire mode, I hasten to recall, recount all the many things to be grateful for and straight away the darkness lifts. Nearby and close on heels is a rush of love--I find it easy to have compassion and even love for everyone. This does not equate to a tolerance of evil . . . but rather is the stance of knowing "there but for the grace of God I would be--" It is hard--perhaps impossible--to remain in fear when thinking and feeling full of love and gratitude, tinged with a healthy sense of humor. What is to fear? God is in absolute control . . . and He is good, just, perfect, holy. . . . It is when we doubt God (which we often do albeit subconsciously) that we begin getting into trouble. Same with suppressed anger and resentment toward God, which all comes from a selfish, "me-centered" purpose and reality. If we are God centered . . . then His love and blessedness abound and fill us increasingly. Fear, anxiety, darkness . . . cannot abide. The enemy and his rotten fruits must flee. . . .