Life ain't all roses--and it won't be in the upcoming new year.
The other morning, hubby and I walked hand in hand to the park for
our morning exercise stroll. "It's going to be a stressful day," he
said, "got a report to finish and don't have all the information..."
He went on and on. Then, as we always do while we walk, we prayed
A bit ashamed to admit this, but once the "holy" moment
faded, I realized that life stinks sometimes. Yes, it does. Stuff comes
up all the time. If it's not the stress at work, it's the illness that
keeps us awake. Or the uncertainty of the future. Or broken
relationships. Or kids who disappoint us. And our brain nearly explodes
trying to figure it all out. And when, on top of it all, another glitch
shows up, the red light "overwhelmed" light comes on the dashboard of
But that's when we either let pitiful tears flow or we
invite wisdom in--the wisdom in
Isaiah 43 where God invites us to believe, to cling to, to embrace
when feeling overwhelmed, drained and crushed by the stuff in life:
Life is going to be rough sometimes. Expect that. Situations will
threaten to push us into panic because fear has shown up. But here's
what God says about that: "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have
summoned you by name; you are mine" (Isaiah 43:1).
belong to Him, is there any doubt He will take care of us? "When you
pass through the waters, I will be with you...and when you pass through
the rivers, they will not sweep over you" (Isaiah 43:2a). Have you
known rivers of pain? They don't seem to stop. But as difficult as the
navigating can be, we can be sure we'll pass through them. And never,
never alone. God promised to accompany us.
"When you walk
through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you
ablaze" (Isaiah 43:2b). Aren't you glad He never said, "You're a
Christian, you'll never experience fires." Instead, He knows we'll face
them. But He has the solution. When the heat of adversity is inevitable.
His Word to shield is attainable. And here's why: God says: "For I
am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior..."
He's our God, with all His power, with all His
might, with all His love, He's our God. Peace when overwhelmed is His
gift wrapped in reassurance, giving us the green light to peace.
Father, thank you for your power at work in my life. I will not fear
when life becomes overwhelming. When I seem to drown in troubles, burned
by anxiety, or swept by the rivers of struggles. You are with me. You're
my perfect shield and my constant protector. In Jesus' name, I thank
What has overwhelmed you lately?
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