People used to believe that great emotional stress would force one’s soul to leave the body. That person was described as ‘being beside themselves.’
Whatever the emotion, fear, worry, grief, anger, or even joy and excitement, if that emotion overwhelms us, we might even feel like that ourselves.
I confess I’ve felt like that occasionally. As a child, I was beside myself with excitement over the first day of school, Christmas, and summer holidays. When my husband died, I was beside myself with grief.
Thankfully God offers us a way to get ourselves back together.
The minute I said, “I’m slipping, I’m falling,” your love, God, took hold and held me fast. When I was upset and beside myself, you calmed me down and cheered me up. (Psalm 94:17)
I pray that we are beside ourselves with the overwhelming joy of knowing Jesus as our personal Saviour.