Wikipedia: "Panic attacks are periods of intense
fear or apprehension of sudden onset..."
"A Beautiful Disaster" / Marlena Graves / chapter seven / page 96
"There is almost nothing as terrible as this feeling,
this sensation of being helpless, panicked,
and alone without God and without hope in the world."
After reading this paragraph from Mrs. Graves book, I had to stop and put the book down and process. I have never heard of this disorder applied to the spirit. Is this possible? Is this a true thing? Is she over reaching her descriptions?
The longer I have sat with this idea the more I noticed my own heart does have a tendency toward panaic + fear + alone + helpless. Since relocating a year and a half ago, there have been days that were debilitating. I considered it my "funk" and hoped it would pass. The wild emotions and the forgetting orf truth would lift as quick as it set in. I woud again see clearly. The fear would disapate. The weight and worry would dissolve. And thankfully my husband waits patiently with me during these long days.
Since these have begun (READ: moving across country), I have wrestled with why? Why does this happen? Is it only me? Is there something that needs medicated? How can I see it coming and run away? Can I actually avoid it? Can I shorten it's duration? So many unanswered questions. And no game plan to combat it either. Other than prayer, very little has been helpful in clearing the fog and bringing me out of the pit.
And then I read this chapter and heard her word of idenification. Her chapter gave my "funk" a name. It gave it a shape. It defined the condition of my heart and thus pointed me toward an escape route and hopefully a detour to avoid this pit.
Now I can pray speciaifcally about peace. I can meditate on the truth that God is with me and never leaves. I know that if another one comes, that prayer is the best/only option. And I know that they will not last forever but will end. ( I am grateful that they are fewer and further apart than when we first moved.) My next learning area is to see what my triggers are.
In the meantime I am so glad to have a grasp on this struggle. I find understanding helps me reduce the crazy.... well maye only just a little :)