Most of us were taught as children that if we ever caught on fire we shouldn’t panic and run, but stop running, drop to the ground, and roll out the fire. That’s a teaching we can also apply to dealing with the fire of emotions in our lives.
Emotions have been created by our loving heavenly Father as indicators of what is going on in our hearts. As we well up with anxiety or anger it is an indicator to us that something has caused our hearts to be displeased or uncertain. It is important for us to stop and think about what is causing the intense emotion. The emotions indicate what we are thinking, and, at the same time, are designed to motivate us toward action.
If we follow the emotion without thinking, the emotions intensify and often cause us to react in negative and harmful ways. If we continue in this pattern it will eventually lead physiological changes that contribute to illness or destruction of relationships.
- In the face of the angry or anxious emotion it would be wise for us to first stop and contemplate what is causing us to be angry.
- Second, we need to drop to our knees in prayer asking God for help. God, in His Word, tells us that if we pray in His will He hears us and will answer, (1 John 5:14-15). God would never want us to sin in our emotion so we know He will hear and answer.
- Thirdly, we are to roll out any potential fiery emotion by responding in a way that honors God and keeps us safe. Even those destructive, smoldering emotions of bitterness we can roll over to God’s strong shoulders.
When have you seen God answer your prayer as you have stopped, dropped, and rolled?