What to do when overwhelmed
by Jana Cox
This week in Bible study I shared a message on, “What to do when feeling overwhelmed.” I believe over this past year we have all had our moments of being overwhelmed, feeling overloaded, and overburdened. However, through Christ and His promises we can find peace, comfort, and stability.
So, how do we overcome these feelings we are experiencing? One thing we can do is knowing the importance of getting alone with the Lord in prayer. Mark 1:35 “Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.” Prayer is a must if we are going to overcome our battles and renew our strength. It is vital for our spiritual life.
As we look at scripture in Mark chapter 1, we see Jesus using His authority and healing a man with an unclean spirit. Then He went to Simon’s house where his mother-in-law lay sick with a fever. Jesus took her by the hand and lifted her, and immediately the fever left her and she served them. As the story continues that evening, many sick and demon-possessed people were brought to Jesus and were healed. The next thing we see is Jesus going out to a solitary place to pray. Looking at the life of Jesus and all that He faced and all that He did we still see Him taking the time to talk to His Father. He needed His Father’s direction for all that He dealt with, and He needed His strength renewed by being in His father’s presence.
This morning I heard an old hymn. It started, “Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart”. I thought that is what I need to do, put God and His word before me. This is what Jesus encouraged Martha to do. “Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.” And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. “But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:38-42) Remember the business of Martha and how distracted she got? Not that she was doing anything wrong, she was just overwhelmed. But, Mary sat at Jesus’s feet and heard His word. Jesus commended Mary because she had chosen that good part, that would not be taken away from her.
This week I encourage you to take time to be alone with the Lord. Talk to Him and wait quietly to hear His still small voice. As you make a practice of this you will begin to experience a change in your life. Burdens will be lifted from you and a new and fresh vision will come to your life. Isaiah 40:31 “But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.”