From dealing with very demanding clients at work, to being a wife, mum and everything else in between, feeling overwhelmed is something I am very familiar with. I will be wrong to think that there are not millions in the world who deal with a lot more than I do.
The world is filled with people who are sick. These friends and family members of ours require constant care. The single mum or dad who have to manage looking after their kids and also finding a life for his or herself. The young adult who have to juggle between so much book work and also peer pressure. Everyone have a lot to deal with. We all know what it means and feels like to be overwhelmed.
Sometimes, the feeling comes from us trying to sort out family drama. You might be the one that is always trying to bring the other family members together. This task can be overwhelming too.
Maybe in your case, you are trying to flee from danger. Your heart is heavy because you don’t know what else to do.
Someone who knew this feeling so well in the bible was David. He went through a lot in his life. There are two assumptions on which Psalm 61 is written. The first is that David could have written it when he was forced to escape during the days of his son Absalom’s rebellion. Absalom wanted his father’s throne so bad that he plotted against his father to take away the throne. This must have been a trying time to David.
The second assumption is that he might have written it after he narrowly escaped one of Saul’s efforts to kill him when he was hiding in the wilderness.
Any of the above situations could have made anyone overwhelmed.
I love how King James Version of Psalm 61:1-2
Hear my cry, O God;
Attend to my prayer.
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.
What can we do when we are overwhelmed?
Withdraw from the crowd
This step is very important because we need time to process the situation, to grieve, to think and reflect on what is going on. In the midst of our busyness, it can be very difficult to see clearly. In order to clear our minds, we need to withdraw, take ourselves out from the situation mentally to be able to evaluate things better. We cannot make good decisions when our minds are clouded.
Most times when we are overwhelmed, we try to distract ourselves from the situation by doing something different. Eat, go to the gym, write, drink, smoke, party etc. All of these only make things worse because we use them as means to cover the situation without really dealing with it. To withdraw is one thing and what we do when we withdraw is another thing. That brings me to my next point.
Who do we run to when we get overwhelmed? Do we cry and vent on social media, cry to fellow humans or we cry to God? When we pray, we get a clear picture of situations and God leads us on what to do. Prayer makes our hearts sensitive to God’s will. He was intentional about prayer.
Acknowledge The Rock of safety
We cannot seek help from someone we don’t truly regard. David knew God as The Rock of safety. What do you know God as? I love how it says “The Rock that is higher than I”. Words of humility indeed! He acknowledged God’s strength and his own weakness. He was poor in spirit. He knew that naturally he didn’t have what it took for him to protect and defend himself.
The Rock is sure higher than us! So when we go to the Rock, we are protected. Our hearts are protected. The Rock takes away our heavy yoke and exchanges it with His that is light. As that yoke is lifted from our minds, we feel the relief. We rest and we see clearer and better. Going to The Rock doesn’t always mean that the situation will change. David’s didn’t change. But his perspective did and he was able to handle things better. What a privilege to have The Rock to go to!
Give your burden to God
Cast your cares on Him because He cares for you.
Hey mama, I know it’s hard and you can’t even find the time to balance life. Kids dragging you everywhere. The dishes aren’t done. Dirty clothes are on the bed. Toys everywhere. You are drained and tired. Please go to The Rock!
My dear friend, caring for someone who needs constant care isn’t easy. I know you can’t understand why life is this way. I know you wonder daily why you were picked to carry this cross. This can sure make your heart overwhelmed. Please go to The Rock!
Hey you reading this post. I know that you might be dealing with a lot on your plate right now. Stress, anxiety, lack, pressure. All of which is making you feel overwhelmed. Please go to The Rock!
The Rock is always ready to help. God’s shoulders are always ready to carry our burdens. Let Him help you.