©2020 Gladly By Karissa Barker

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Lead Me To The Rock

"I'm NOT overwhelmed." I said to myself, completely overwhelmed. Positive self-talk is proven to help, so it was worth a shot. All it did was make me laugh.


How is it that the little things in life (all piled up), can be just as overwhelming as the big honkin', of-course-it-is-overhwelming cause it all hit the fan stuff?


I have a theory. It's a pretty simple one.


It is because we weren't made for it. We were made for shalom in the garden, and constant communion with God.


But alas, we are stuck here. Possibly with stuff stuck to our back from a hectic Monday morning breakfast.


Although speaking the words out loud (and possibly stamping my foot in an impromptu impression of a toddler) "I am NOT OVERWHELMED" did not seem to help, there is a word that will.


It is one I greatly dislike:


"HELP."


God's grace is so brilliantly demonstrated in our complete lack of ability to handle things. I have learned that over and over through my health battles, and as Paul's words have become a mantra in my life and writing.


"But [God] said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in your weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more GLADLY of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me." -2 Corinthians 12:9

I think we have two options when we are completely overwhelmed:


We can let it drive us towards the frustration of trying to fix it all until eventual asphyxiation

-OR-

We can say "lead me to the rock that is higher than I." (Psalm 61:2)

In an overwhelming world we must always seek to be overwhelmed with God's grace.

Plain and simple, that's all there is to it. If we are not constantly living in God's grace, we are constantly battling for a life pretending we do not live in a fallen world.


Our nature thrives in peace and grace, and that is just what God offers us when we surrender. We know that in our weaknesses, in the chaos, and in the hard stuff Christ's power has it's chance to shine.


Let God show up for you today in your "overwhelm". I promise He will.