It’s Wednesday — The middle of the week and you are waiting with bated breath for the weekend hoping that the promise of the weekend can soothe the emotion of ‘too much!” Lately, life seems to be all-consuming and overwhelming and each time you try to come up for air, it seems like the current of worry and anxiety pulls you under.
Dear friend, Jesus beckons us to come. His invitation sounds like this:
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” – Matthew 11:28-30
What to Do When You’re Overwhelmed:
- Gain Perspective
- Seek Truth
- Put down what is not yours to carry
- Get Rest
- Remember the Why behind the What
- Ask for strength
- Press Forward
Even the strongest of youth grow weary and need rest. Some circumstances may seem like they will never change but know this:
With an eternal perspective, the duration of your suffering no matter how long will always be temporary.
It is so easy for us to get in over our heads. What was manageable becomes too much and emotions become harder to keep in check. Know that when life seems to be out of control, God is still in control. His faithfulness in the midst of all situations can be trusted.
There is a song that I heard last Sunday that I cannot seem to get out of my heart. This song speaks to every messed up person in every messy place (that’s all of us). It renders perspective on our situation in the midst of a mighty God.
You see, I am learning that the most appropriate response in the midst of being overwhelmed is to surrender. Surrender does not mean that we give up. Surrender means to give it to One who is strong enough to handle the weight of it all. Surrender is one of the strongest things you can do.
Don’t be afraid. I am with you. Don’t tremble with fear. I am your God. I will make you strong as I protect you with my arm and give you victories... I am holding your hand, so don’t be afraid. I am here to help you. – Isaiah 41:10 & 13
I am reminded that God will keep me when I need to be kept and carry me when I need to be carried. He knows what His children needs. He knows what you need.