We all feel overwhelmed sometimes.

It can be caused by the circumstances of our lives that seem to converge in a perfect storm of pressure to which we feel vulnerable. At other times, we bring it on ourselves by overcommitting, failing to calculate how long something will take, refusing to admit our own limitations. One of life's ironies is we can get overwhelmed by saying yes to lots of things we love to do! Psychiatrists say there is sometimes even a sense of martyrdom in talking about how overwhelmed we are. It makes us seem important and begs others to be impressed, or at least sympathetic.

But here's the problem: feeling overwhelmed is not God's plan for us. Feeling overwhelmed means we think we're in control—we don't need anyone else, not even God.

This is a hard-won lesson for me, the ultimate control freak. I can, therefore I should, right?


Here are some scripture passages I'm going to embrace the next time I feel overwhelmed:

When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, Then You knew my path. In the way in which I walk They have secretly set a snare for me. Psalm 142:3

But they who wait for 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. Isaiah 40:31

Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. John 14:1

The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song. Psalm 28:7

I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth. Psalm 121: 1-2

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9

Feeling overwhelmed should be a warning sign—a wake-up call—a spiritual canary-in-the-coalmine. If you're feeling overwhelmed, you're out of balance and you need to stop, take a deep breath, and let go of the false sense that you're in control.

But when you let go, you won't be diving into a perilous freefall.

You'll be falling, instead, into the everlasting arms of God.

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