At one time, people believed that under great emotional stress the soul would actually leave the body. When this happened a person was described as 'being beside themselves.'
The emotion might be anything from fear, worry, grief, anger or joy and excitement, but if that powerful emotion overwhelms us, we can be described as ‘being beside 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. Lately though, I’ve been 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, AMP)
Prayer- Lord, we are beside ourselves with love for you and thankful for your knowing what we need before we even ask. Amen.