If you do a Google image search for the word “overwhelmed” you will get some of the following pictures:
As I started looking at all of the different pictures I realized there was a commonality between almost all of them. Before I tell you what it is…look again. Do you see it?
They’re all clutching their head with their hands in some way. And I wondered, why?
Have struggles. Need relief.
When I don’t understand, when I’m looking for answers and I can’t find them, this is what I know…
Look in the book. After Moses had died, Joshua and the Israelites were supposed to cross the Jordan River into the land God was going to give to them. After giving Joshua instructions as to go about doing this, God reminded him, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1) Not only that, but God reminds us that worrying doesn’t get us anywhere. The birds don’t sow, reap, or gather up storehouses of supplies, and yet God provides for them. And how much more valuable to God are we than the birds? “Take therefore no thought for the morrow; for the morrow shall take though for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”(Matthew 6) God gives us one day at a time…we don’t need to try and take on any more than that at once. When Paul wrote to the Romans he reminded that what we will endure and struggle with here on earth isn't even worthy to be compared to the glory that will be revealed in us. “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose...For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8)
God won’t allow more to come into our life than we can handle.
This is extremely personal to me. There have been times where I truly do not understand “why.” Why is this happening. And many times…why me. Why does it have to be me? Why not someone else. Can’t it be someone else? But with the difficulties, struggles, and hardships also comes the comfort. “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” (1 Corinthians 10) God is not the source of the pain/sorrow/difficulties. But He does allow those things to come into your life because they will serve His greater plan. He is the solution. If God allows you to come to it, He’ll bring you through it. He’ll provide a way out.
I don’t like to make my blog posts preachy or shove God in anyone's face (and I do apologize if this one happened to come off that way), but I do like to keep them honest. Because sometimes we just want someone to understand and empathize with us. About our relationships, about our health, about our lifestyles, about God, about our decisions, about our struggles and about our life. And this is me. I don’t have all the answers. Not trying to pretend that I do. And the questions? I’ll still keep asking. But I know where to start looking for answers…or at least find some relief from some of the questions.
One day at a time. A work in progress. I’m just me.