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Overwhelmed

Do you ever feel overwhelmed? I do. Sometimes I feel like I can go on and on like the Energizer Bunny and then all of a sudden I hit a wall. I call it my “Wall of Woe” when I feel utterly overwhelmed with all that is happening in my life. In those times, I remember the verse in Psalms 61:2 for example, “From the end of the earth I will cry to You, when my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” I have been to that place of overwhelmed lately especially last week. Many contributing factors have brought me to this place but God always seems to have the last word with me. When I try to control everything and keep check on my emotions, suddenly He brings me to my knees to get my attention. The other night was such an occurrence. I woke up at 2am with excruciating cramps in BOTH my calves. I got down on the floor on all fours hoping and praying for the pain to go away. After what seemed like an eternity, the pain subsided and I leaned on the bed until my shaking went away. While I waited with arms leaning on top of the bed, it reminded me of my childhood when I would pray before going to bed. As I crouched there in the dark of the bedroom with the silence piercing the night, one of my dachshunds (Ramona) came up and gave me a big, slurpy smooch on the face. John 14:1 came to mind, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.” Wow, God got my attention with all of my stress, fear, and overwhelming feelings. He broke down my “Wall of Woe” and gave me a new hope. A hope that I would be okay and He was there for me even with a smooch from my dachshund. I think sometimes I get wound up so tight from busyness, stress, disappointments, and life that I allow it to take hold of me and sideline my joy. God doesn’t want that to happen to us. He is here for us. In Isaiah 40:31 we are reminded, “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.” What a great verse to grab hold of when we feel overwhelmed. I hope it helps you too if you ever have those feelings of being overwhelmed. Or I could always loan out my dachshund for a big smooch?!

 

God bless you this week,

Becky Clegg

 

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