Overwhelm: to overcome completely in mind or feeling; to overpower or overcome, especially with superior forces; to cover or bury beneath a mass of something. Sometimes you look up a word in the dictionary and wonder if the authors have been reading your mind. Looking up the word overwhelmed had that effect on me this week. As I read the definitions of overwhelmed I saw myself. So much of this season has been overwhelming. Unfortunately, most often I have no one to blame for this but myself.
You may be or have been in the same situation. You are going through the routine day-to-day schedule and at some point it hits you: all the running around, work to produce, tasks to complete, and people to interact with just gets exhausting. You finally get a chance to sit in your comfy chair or flop down on the bed, only to find the feeling of sheer overwhelm. And we all respond differently in those situations. And therein may lie the problem.
I don’t like the overwhelming feeling. I’m not sure if anyone does. But the thing I hate most is what overwhelm reveals in me. It reveals where my heart naturally goes when it’s overwhelmed. What do I rely on when things get tough or out of my control? And far too often I don’t like the answer. This is exactly where Christina Fox goes in her article “For the Heart That is Overwhelmed“. It is a good, but challenging read. Whether you are overwhelmed right now or not I encourage you to read it.
Maybe you are not overwhelmed at this current moment, read the article anyway. You may think, “this isn’t for me or needed”. If that is true, think of someone who may benefit from it and send it along. And as always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day. And get outside if you can, step away from the digital inputs and enjoy some sunshine.
Until Next Time…