In the early days of aviation, a pilot had been airborne for a couple hours when he heard a strange noise. He recognized the sound of a rat gnawing on something. He didn’t know what, but he realized that it might be some vital cable in the plane. It was a serious situation and he was two hours away from a landing field. He became anxious. What could he do? Then he remembered that rats are creatures of the ground, not made for the heights. So the pilot began to ascend. He kept climbing until he was more than twenty thousand feet up. The gnawing ceased. When the pilot landed two hours later, he found the dead rat.
Anxiety is like that rat. Anxiety will gnaw away at the cables of your soul in times of distress. But like rats, anxieties are earthly, and cannot survive in the heights of God’s presence. In Psalm 94:19 the psalmist writes, “When my anxious thoughts multiply within me, Your consolations delight my soul.” Draw near to the Lord in prayer, casting your cares on Him because He cares for you (1 Peter 5:7). And as you trust in the truths and promises of God’s word, His consolations will bring peace and strength to your soul.