It is no exaggeration to say that many people feel overwhelmed these days. Looking at our seemingly endless list of responsibilities, it is easy to understand why. It is a daily struggle for families to live, study and work from home together during this circuit breaker period. The demands of our personal and professional lives are enmeshed together. We experience the effects of cabin fever increasingly. The prospects of our careers are also at stake. We have lost the familiar rhythm of our daily lives. As a result, our emotions teeter on the edge and tempers flare. We feel exhausted, inadequate and stressed.
Countless times in my own life, I have received breakthroughs and miracles when I come to the end of myself. Billy Graham once said that “the mourning of inadequacy is a weeping that catches the attention of God”. It is a reminder that we are not in control. No matter how hard we try, our efforts are still insufficient in the sight of God. We need the enablement of Christ (John 15:5). Paradoxically, we are strong when we are weak (2 Corinthians 12:9-10). The more we acknowledge our weaknesses, the more we lean on Christ for strength. The more we admit that we don’t have the answers, the more humbled we are to allow the Holy Spirit to mold and change us to become stronger. There is no shame in confessing our weaknesses. Stop trying so hard and allow the power of Christ to rest upon us. The truth is, “sometimes when we get overwhelmed, we forget how big God is.” – AW Tozer. While we are still at a loss about what to do, God has already carved a way out for us (Psalms 142:3a). We only need to pause, look to God for answers and rely on the power of the Holy Spirit.
We are tempted to run away from everything when we feel overwhelmed. That includes running away from reading God’s Word and prayer because we feel that we do not have time for that. On the contrary, it is when our hearts are overwhelmed that we ought to cry out to God for help (Psalms 61:1-4). Christ alone is our shelter, refuge and strength in times of need (Psalms 46:1-3, 62:8; Proverbs 18:10). Find ways to rest even if it is for a brief moment. During the short respite, connect with God. We can read the Scriptures, pray or worship God with songs. Jesus often went away on His own to pray (Mark 1:35, Luke 5:16). We learn the value of solitude with God from Jesus’ example. Communing with God allows us to lay our burdens before God and to rest in Him. It not only refreshes us, it also renews our minds and hearts to help us gain a right perspective on the state of things. He alone can bring hope in our chaos (Romans 15:13)!
Lastly, be kind to ourselves and keep trying! Let us be flexible to adjust and adapt our expectations on how much we can achieve. It is alright to establish healthy boundaries and making mistakes is human. When we feel overwhelmed by our circumstances, may the wonderful promises and peace of God overwhelm our hearts!