It happens at the oddest times…
You know, you are facing a challenge and it seems like the task is simply overwhelming. Perhaps it’s an easy fix to someone who has experienced the same challenge. Or worse, it’s something no one has ever dealt with so everyone has a learning curve.
The key is, there are times when even the simplest of tasks, along with our current status, creates a stressful moment, and bingo! We are overwhelmed!
We love the scripture that provides direction in the psalms.
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. (Psalms 61:2 NKJV)
Let me point out a few things…
David identifies the end of the earth. When he has carried his load as long, and as far, as possible, he KNOWS to cry out to God! In other places he describes this as a horrible pit mired in clay (Psalms 40:2), or when he was exiled from his kingdom by his own son, Absalom (2 Samuel 17:22), or even worse, when it seems like God is not coming to his rescue (Psalms 3:2, 22:8). Still, he knows his solution is found in God!
What are the ends of the earth? It’s about as far away as you can get from feeling God in your situation!
Now, consider this word “overwhelmed”. We use it all the time. It often describes a place of despair, or the result of a calamity. The original word describes being covered with darkness and you cannot see through. Perhaps you do not like to cover your head at night and come out swinging if those bed covers close in over you! Panic. Fear. Doubt. All of this creates stress and we struggle with them as if we are juggling knives with very sharp blades!
Like a maze the stresses build up and we cannot find our way out.
In the midst of his overwhelmed situation, the scripture identifies a third party that we never talk about. The Leader. “Lead me to the rock…” We all need someone to lead us. It’s not that we cannot find our own way, but I believe God puts special “someones” in our life to lead us out of the maze we have become lost in! It may be a child who feels no stress, or a stranger who has the right word at the right time, or it may be a close family or friend. It may even be someone who has no idea that the right word in the right season is the key to lead you out of your darkness!
Regardless… We seldom look for someone to be that voice to us until we have gotten in over our heads!
What did David know, and what did David say when everything overwhelmed him? There is a “rock” this was higher than himself. A safe place above him. He can be lifted out of that pit described above and have a new song to sing!
He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, Out of the miry clay, And set my feet upon a rock, And established my steps. He has put a new song in my mouth— Praise to our God; Many will see it and fear, And will trust in the LORD. (Psalms 40:2-3 NKJV)
As we are pulled from a pit, possible of our own making, then it is God we praise. Why? “Many will see it and fear, and will trust in the Lord.” What God has done for you is a victory statement that can be the help to many others!
What you are going through … is something you can make it through… There is nothing bigger than what you have the ability to handle, or tougher than our God can handle…
Maybe all you need is a Pep Talk…