Overwhelmed? Feeling overwhelmed by something in your life is unsettling and upsetting. It is usually caused by an unending problem that seems unresolvable. Unresolved problems often take up our thoughts, our time, and most of our energy, but with diligence, we can overcome even the most overpowering life problems.
I feel overwhelmed when I do yard work because I have a lot of landscaping to maintain. This may not seem like a big deal, but that’s how our problems may seem to others. Overwhelming problems seem perfectly tailored just for the struggling individual.
Managing the landscaping means regular pruning, weeding, and mowing. It requires constant diligence, because some elements of landscaping need to be done and redone constantly. For example, I have loads of Virginia Creeper. It’s the bane of my existence! In fact, it’s an overwhelming problem in my life!
Virginia Creeper is a climbing vine with five leaves and grows from rhizomes in the ground. It’s rather attractive, but it grows so much it soon overtakes everything around it. Sounds like sin doesn’t it? The tendrils grasp tree trunks, fences, other plants, and anything else nearby.
One day, tired from pulling out Virginia Creeper, I noticed the fullness of my lawn cart, pleased to see the fruits of my labor. Turning to enjoy the look of a freshly cleaned out flower bed, I was dismayed to see all I had missed. I couldn’t help thinking how the Kings of Judah who struggled to remove all the idols and pagan shrines from the land felt when they realized they missed some. Theirs was an overwhelming job. No matter how many were removed, there were always new ones cropping up.
Many times the Bible records instances in the books of Kings where these evidences of idol worship were removed, but not all. How disheartening to work so hard to remove what is displeasing to God, only to fail to get it all! As long as there were reminders left, the people would return again to idol worship, displeasing God and bringing His wrath upon them.
Learning to overcome overwhelming problems is a uniquely personal struggle of our will, strength, and abilities. Problem solving requires all these, but most importantly, it requires dependence on our Lord. When we fall short of the task, God is able to help us. 1 Peter 5:7 (KJV) says, “Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you.”
Overwhelming problems require His help and intervention, which He is happy to provide when we call upon His name. When you feel overwhelmed, cast your cares upon Him, and let our Lord help you conquer problems.
Enjoy more words of encouragement by Linda Hull at her website, Words of Encouragement