Overwhelmed. I hear this word or something like it so often these days. The feeling that there is just so much to do that we constantly feel under great pressure accompanied by anxiety and feelings of failure because we just can’t get it all done. This seems to be especially true in the working world. How many times have you heard people express something of that sort. Probably more than you even realize as it seems to be said so often that you don’t really even “hear” it.
I have experienced this feeling so many times in my life and work that I think I have allowed myself to be deceived into almost thinking that if I am NOT feeling this way, then I must not be DOING enough. What a crock! Jesus does not want us to live perpetually in this state which is entirely inconsistent with the teachings of the Prince of PEACE.
The only way I have found my way out of this state is giving up the illusion that I am in control of hardly anything. Only through prayer am I able to mysteriously let go of the worry and anxiety that so often accompanies these times of feeling overwhelmed. I don’t really understand how it works, I just KNOW that it does.
If you are feeling overwhelmed at work today, stop for a moment and give it to Jesus. Lay it in His hands and he will gladly accept it and you will not only experience a sense of relief, but often times you will experience insight and new directions that, if you will be honest, you know could only have come from the Lord.
I love how Philippians 4:6-7 is stated in The Message. It says, “Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray…….Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry as the center of your life.