Assurance Despite the New Buzz Word!

On an ordinary day last week, my husband came home from work and shared with me, “So a guy at work was talking about the new buzz word these days.  He says it’s overwhelmed; everyone is overwhelmed.  His wife is always telling him so.”

As I lay on the couch with a heating pad on my back and a blanket wrapped like a cocoon around me, I absorbed the news from my husband. Knowing exactly why he shared this little piece of news with me, I let out an audible half sarcastic chuckle and blankly stared at my husband.  I recall the several days gone past and the exasperated exclamations I made to my husband.  Just guess what I have been saying….“I am so overwhelmed!” 

Yesterday, I was struck down but not destroyed.

Heaviness pressed, my throat was tight — just like a throat gets just before a good cry comes along.  I was as motivated as a sloth.  My mind raced and thoughts badgered me; a war was battling in my head.  Expectations.  Obligations.  Needs.  Desires.  Frustrations.  Futility stood its ground and the tears leaked out.  Yup.  I was overwhelmed.  How was I going to get through this day, I groaned.

Plodding on. I was lethargically going through the motions doing enough of the daily tasks  in attempt to hide my fragile state from my young kids. Yet, they knew I was not right and one daughter even wrote me a note: “God’s in control and remember, you have me and Jesus.”  Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear….I sighed.

Jesus. Now did He ever feel this way: overwhelmed?

Yes of course, I recall He took off to get away from the crowds occasionally; overwhelmed, He retreated.  And I imagine the night before He was arrested in the garden of Gesthemene He was also feeling overwhelmed.  In both cases Jesus took time to get away to be alone and He prayed to His Father in heaven.  He laid His burdens before the Lord and left them there.

My husband came home from work yesterday and we retreated to our room.  He boldly yet tenderly said, “Are you ready to pray?”

Kneeling.  Holding hands.  He prayed over me – interceding.  I wept. Praying, I gave it all up; I unleashed the overwhelmed-ness and cried through the words pushing every syllable up and out of my throat.  The Holy Spirit interceded right along with my own feeble utterances; “…the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express….the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.” (Romans 8: 26b & 27b)  My daughter’s scrawl danced across my mind, … you have Jesus.  “Christ Jesus, who died – more than that, who was raised to life – is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.” (Romans 8:34)

My burdens were laid down.  And the Holy Spirit and Jesus prayed on my behalf, totally understanding each feeble utterance and streaming tear and they lifted up my requests and needs to God along with my husband and me.

Hope lies here.  It exists and it remains.

Friends, as we enter the dark months of the year, the overly busy season of holidays, and the continued bustle of everyday life and troubles, we must remind ourselves that we have God on our side.  And although we will certainly be overwhelmed in our days, there is nothing – no expectation, no obligation, no need, desire, or frustration that can separate us from the love of God.  The Bible tells us so: “Neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:39).

Today, I am lighter; the heaviness is gone. God has renewed in me an assurance that everything will be alright. God…

when we ask by staying true to His Word.

Overwhelmed might be the new buzz word — but God is bigger than an eleven letter word, even in its most ominous declarative expression!  So, my advice: give it up, pray, and lay down all that overwhelms you at the foot of the throne.  God will take care of it all and He will take care of you because He loves you.

6 thoughts on “Assurance Despite the New Buzz Word!

  1. This is me. Thank you for quoting the Romans verses. In my “overwhelmed” state of mind last night as I bowed my head… I had no words yet MANY thoughts. I simply said “Thank you Jesus for knowing my thoughts and my heart as I simply cannot put anything to words”
    I appreciate your blog today and your strength for enduring the pain daily yet finding the time and energy to help others like me get through the day through use of your experiences.

  2. Thanks for sharing your feelings. There have been days I’ve felt the same.then Iwill go and start crying to the Lord… and he comes and wraps His love around me. He reminds me of His promises, and washes me of my tears. I watch the sparrows at my birdfeeder and know that “his eye is on the sparrow and Iknow He watches me”. Then I start singing some good ol’ hymns…. and I know again the sweetness of Hiss kiss upon my weary heart. He is good. No matter what. Love you, and ask that you receive many of those such kisses inthese days ahead. Cheryl

    • Thanks Cheryl — I appreciate the encouragement : ) It is great to know we aren’t in this alone…Jesus is sooooo GOOD! Have a blessed Christmas season with your family — Love to you and yours!

  3. Thanks, Cheryl for sharing. It is a confirmation of the scripture “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man.” I can identify with your feelings. Thank God for husbands willing to lead in prayer. I’ll keep praying for you!

  4. Sheryl, this is so timely….I think I used “overwhelmed” a half-dozen times today. My husband talked me through the things that are making me feel that way & made a right point that most of the expectations are put on me BY ME! As I was driving from place to place today, I stopped to ask forgiveness & thank God for the ways he has blessed me—the ability & physical strength to do, plenty of interesting things in my life—and I also remembered how the Lord has always delivered me through the “overwhelming” times of the past without fail. Thanks so much for some great thoughts & scripture to remember at these times.

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