I’ve had about a dozen things I’ve wanted to blog about lately…
But then I signed into my blog site. It’s extremely outdated.
Everything needs updating.
I came home spent from a day of sporadic meetings and taxi mom driving…
But then I looked around at my house. The dishes. The dust. The dog hair. The clutter.
Everything needs cleaned. And organized.
I checked my email for some important information…
But then I saw how many messages I hadn’t replied to or filed or deleted.
I went on a walk and really got my heart rate up there…
But then I realized how many more calories I would have to burn to even make a difference. And aside from that, I need new shoes because my shins are splinting in two.
Small little problems, right? At the root of it, an overwhelmed state of mind. A negative mind. My wisdom will kick in. “Gratitude and praise, that’s the answer. Remember your blessings, that will do it.”
But then a ton of self-condemnation kicks in. “If only I were more grateful, more obedient, more disciplined. Less emotional. Less ME.”
If we’re honest, all of us feel this way sometimes. It’s summed up by one simple word: OVERWHELMED. The older I get, the more sure I am that it’s inevitable, even when we know our lives could be so much harder.
Do praise and gratitude make a difference? Absolutely. Let’s do it, even if only led from an attitude of obedience. But let’s not forget that the Lord Almighty, who knows all, who sympathizes with our weaknesses, knows we can get weak for whatever reason, big or small. And He makes provision out of His lovingkindness in scripture.
(From Psalm 61)
“Hear my cry, O God;
Listen to my prayer.
From the end of the earth I call to You, when my heart is overwhelmed and weak;
Lead me to the rock that is higher than I [a rock that is too high to reach without Your help].
For You have been a shelter and a refuge for me…”
He hears the prayers of His sons and daughters when their hearts are weakened by the effects of this fallen world. It doesn’t mean we all of a sudden feel all better, that all of our t’s are crossed and i’s are dotted.
What it does mean is that when we just can’t keep up with the pace we’ve set for ourselves or we’ve allowed others to set for us, that He will steady us, equip us, show us the next step (even if it’s hard)…lead us to wise counsel…give us a peace deep down that we can’t explain–if only we wil ask for His help.
I wish I could explain it better, but honestly, I just can’t keep up.
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