Ever feel overwhelmed? Sometimes I wish I was southern, because I so want to be able to pull off a “ya’ll” once and a while. Here’s where it would fit nicely.
Ya’ll, we are in this time and space where everyone walks around almost constantly overwhelmed with life. Little things overwhelm us, big things overwhelm us. Decisions, consequences, sickness, and disease can leave us just crying for help. If you don’t believe me, walk into a church on Sunday. I bet they play a song called “Oceans” and when the first few notes hit and everyone realizes what song it is, listen for the collective sigh. Listen for the strongly sung chorus proclaiming that we will “call upon Your name and keep our eyes above the waves” because we all have waves we are trying not to look at.
The clincher in that line is to “call upon His name,” because without that, there will be no keeping our eyes above the waves. This will be my verse tomorrow. The one I print out and meditate on.
Psalms 142:3 When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then You knew my path.
He knows. He sees and He knows. Sometimes, all we need is to know that someone knows, someone understands, and someone sees. And it is enough. All day long my children clamor for my attention. They want me to know everything that happens. If they did something right, I need to know. If they have been wronged, I need to know. And just me knowing, quite often is enough. This fact is what propels the success of Facebook. Someone has to know that I got my checklist done today, saw that movie, achieved that goal, lost my phone, found my phone, whatever! We need someone to know. And Someone does! When I feel like a failure, when I blow it, when I am lost in all my responsibilities and the impossibility of getting them all done to my standards, He knows. He has seen my path. He knows where I have been and where I am going. He has been there the whole time. And He defends me.
Every day the enemy’s goal is to overwhelm us. And our Lord’s plan is that we run to Him and His Word. His Word is life. Don’t take that for granted. Read it. See how God’s character is displayed and grab that verse to hold onto throughout the day.