My heart’s racing and I’m so behind! I’m hurrying as fast as I can and still can’t get it all done. The house is chaotic, work is overwhelming and there’s no time for family; let alone for myself or God…
Do you ever feel that way? Do you ever feel like you don’t know if you’re coming or going?
It’s so easy to get caught on the hamster wheel, so to speak. Running and running but always staying in the same place. Feeling worn out and, yet, not getting things done. I think sometimes we find ourselves there and have no idea how we got there. Don’t you?
So what’s a girl (or guy) to do when we find ourselves in such a rush that we don’t know if we’re coming or going? I’m glad you asked!
First, stop. Let me say that again, stop... STOP… S. T. O. P.
You have to stop right where you are. It may take a while for you to mentally stop, but do that. Stop both physically and mentally.
Just rest a while. That’s right, rest. Sometimes the feeling of overwhelm comes because we are exhausted. I know that I have been pushing too hard too long when I start to have that feeling of desperation.
Next, shift your focus. Take your focus OFF of the things that are chaotic and overwhelming and put your focus on the ONE who is in control. Jesus has this (whatever “this” is). I have found that when I am focused on my problems, they seem larger than life…larger than God, even. But when I am focuses on Jesus, He is larger than life, certainly larger than any problem I have. And He is, by the way!
Spend time with Jesus. I believe the Bible has about 365 verses that tell us not to fear. That’s one a day. Start spending time EVERY day with Jesus. Read the Bible and listen for Him to speak to you through the Holy Spirit. Pray. Not the just the “gimmie” prayers, but talk with Him. Praise Him for who He is and that He cares for you. Tell Him what’s been on your heart and give those cares to Him. He’s strong enough to take them for you!
Lastly, think on things that are pure, lovely and good. As you stop, rest, shift your focus and spend time with Jesus your thoughts will change; your heart will feel peace (even in a chaotic and overwhelming world).
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Phil. 4:8 ESV
So the next time your don’t know if you are coming or going, just go to Jesus and rest at His feet for a while. He’ll lift your burdens and calm your soul.