Have you ever been overwhelmed? To the point where you felt paralyzed and you didn’t know what to do next? Are you going through something like that right now perhaps? Is your anxiety increasing? Keep reading…
The other day this happened to me. With what felt literally like a million things to do quickly overwhelmed me, I could tell my body and mind was shutting down, and things were starting to get really bad.
I kept replaying in my head all the things that needed to get done over and over again where my mind would just not stop going crazy, when all of a sudden I realized I was being attacked. We have a real enemy in our midst…one who at all times wants to steal, kill, destroy. I realized I needed to respond because he was not going to stop pressing into me.
Have you ever felt this way? Maybe you’re dealing with this right now? Let me encourage you.
I decided to call an audible on my day. I stopped everything I was doing, put my phone on do not disturb, put on my headphones, turned on some music, parked my car, got out, and just started walking while listening and reading Scripture. At the same time my friend texted me the exact Scripture that was needed for this moment…
“Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to Him be glory in the Church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” – Ephesians 3:20-21
I instantly went into tears and (not making this up) the sun came out through the clouds right on me. It was a very real and clear moment of God saying, “I’m able to do far more than anything you can even think or imagine…take a moment and remember who I am…remember I am with you…you’re not called to do any of this on your own.”
My struggle (and the reason I believe I was overwhelmed, anxious, etc,) is because I was facing the day without God. Yes, I did in fact have time with Him earlier in the day, but then I moved on. I moved on too quickly from the One who is in control of the universe. I forgot about the One who saved me for all eternity. I was acting completely on my own power for the day and not on the power of the Holy Spirit…who resides in me.
As soon as I was walking and He was speaking to me, the weight was lifted. Do I still have many things to do? Of course…there will always be many things to do…but looking at them through the right perspective means everything. Am I facing the day through my lens, or God’s lens? What about you?
God Himself says He is able to do far more abundantly than anything you can ask or think. He works according the power of the Holy Spirit who actually resides in you if you follow Jesus. He will get all the praise and glory and honor forever and ever throughout all generations.
Take a moment and think about that today. Take a deep breath. Pause if only for a moment and praise God for His goodness, His strength, His care for you and look to Jesus as the greatest example of His love for you.
Whatever you’re going through today…whatever trial you’re facing…regardless of your circumstance or situation, remember that He Can Do Far More Abundantly.