‘Overwhelmed’. Webster defines it as to be overpowered in mind or feeling; to overpower with superior force or numbers; to cover or bury beneath a mass of something; to burden excessively; so great as to render resistance or opposition useless.
We are on the threshold of a week that sometimes can be categorized as ‘overwhelming’ rather than ‘Happy Holidays!’ “People eat and drink more than normal, change their usual patterns of sleep and exercise, contend with traffic jams at mobbed shopping centers and spend more money than they can afford.” (Woods, Michael. “Holiday Blues? Bah, Humbug.” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.) A quick survey of those attending prayer meeting last night to the question, ‘What kind of events can be overwhelming?’ yielded the following: rebellious children, loss of job, finances, health issues, poor family relationships, etc.
No doubt, you have felt overwhelmed at times at home, at school, at work, even at church. Maybe even now you have the Darth Vader sense of ‘It is pointless to resist.’ On a scale of 1-10, your stress level is an eleven! No one has ever faced the issues and just the flood of crippling events you are now facing. Or has someone? Listen to what King David said when he cried to God ‘from the end of the earth.’
“Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy. I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah.” Psalm 61:1-4
When David was overwhelmed, ‘shrouded in darkness’, he did the only thing he could do. He looked up and prayed…and it was intense. He cried out to God and said, in effect, ‘Listen to me. Pay close attention to me. I am overwhelmed with life! Guide me to the rock that is higher than my circumstances. Guide me to the shelter where I can be safe.’ God answered his prayer and led him to the Rock – God Himself. David found his refuge in the Tabernacle, in the very presence of God.
Could it be that God has allowed or even brought these overwhelming circumstances into your life because you have been living as if you didn’t need Him? When a storm hits your town, you run for shelter. When a storm hits your life, run to the Rock. In the presence of God you will find safety, strength and a new perspective on the size of your problems.
Selah. Think about it.