I'm Overwhelmed. Now What?
by Melissa Hall

We have all ended up at overwhelmed.com. It's a scary, frustrating and seemingly never-ending state. While there, it's hard to hope in the future and remember the lessons of the past. Stuck in what feels like a nightmare, we hold our breath and look for solutions. The more we think, the bigger our problems grow. It seems like everyone around us is moving forward and we, alone, are standing stagnant, unable and ill-equipped to continue. Sometimes we spend hours, days or weeks in this state.

What if I told you that feeling overwhelmed was a good thing? Yes, you read that right — no typo here. What if we looked at our human tendency to fret and fear through different lenses? Are you ready? Let's go.

Psalm 61:2 KJV
From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

It's guaranteed that we will face problems, questions, tasks, projects, fears, seasons, etc. that will be too much for us. However, God’s words tells us when (not if) we're overwhelmed there is a remedy — HIM and His rock. So what's so good about this? The opportunity to see and experience God’s grace, wisdom and strength in a greater way than we could ever imagine.

As I type this, my heart is hurting. Yep. I'm in a struggle between doubt and faith. Doubt is screaming so loudly but faith has been a constant calming, reminding me of all the times we’ve hung out and journeyed together, reaching destinations of splendor. When I'm at my wit’s end, it’s then that God shines the brightest in my life. God’s strength is truly made perfect in weakness. As long as we try to carry our burdens, solve our own problems and dictate our futures, the longer we’ll wait to reach that special, secret, strengthening place in God.

Psalm 91:1 AMP
HE WHO dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty Whose power no foe can withstand.

When everything seems to be going wrong and we’re afraid, there is a remedy. There’s a place we can go that is safe. There is shelter and rest for our hearts, our minds and emotions. When I find myself overwhelmed and tempted to fret, I run to the secret place. Staying there is so hard sometimes. Because of my humanity, I'm tempted to wander out, explore and try to figure things out on my own. But I'm often reminded that God has made this special place for us to dwell so that we don’t have to be stressed and fall victim to depression, doubts and fears. It’s the secret place! It’s the place where we go and rest while God works his sovereign and divine power in our lives.

So, as bizarre as it can feel, being overwhelmed is not the end of the world. It’s an opportunity for us to enter into a special rest designed by God. It’s a time when we're able to see God work in ways we only imagine, and sometimes, in ways we’d never think of. Set aside your worries, fretting and doubts. Look forward, in great expectation, of what God has in store.

1 Corinthians 2:9 KJVS
But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

I know things are difficult. I know you can feel alone and sometimes wonder if pushing forward is even worth it. But if you don't, the consequences are far less than you deserve. Giving up hinders you from growth, receiving strength, having a testimony of victory and disqualifies you from being a rock others can look to / lean on for support and guidance. Don’t give up, please. Stick around for the good stuff.

In 2010, after years of living with illness, I became bedridden. Between then and now, I have had many moments when it felt like I was losing my mind. I thought I’d never be well again. Friends walked away and there was family who was unsupportive. My world crumbled and I was left with a mustard seed of faith and a whole lot of baggage (hurt, anger, brokenness, loneliness, fear, feelings of worthlessness, pain, etc.). I had no idea how AMAZING my life would later become. I went through a storm and came out more equipped for life and ministry than ever. God healed my brokenness, took away my anger and strengthened my faith all while I was lying on my back. There were many days when I couldn’t control my muscles and didn’t have strength to sit up; but in my heart a battle was being fought and won. As hard as it was, I am so grateful for the experience. It made me the beautiful woman of God I am today.

I still have physical challenges but I'm thriving. I have moments of decreased physical strength but my inner strength is superb! Now, I'm able to write and speak to others about overcoming struggles. I'm able to teach people how to recover from brokenness and, most importantly, how to yield to the will of God. I'm still learning and growing but I'm at peace. I'm happy. I'm whole and all the glory goes to God.

Comments (7)

3.7.2017 - SC says:
We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him. —Acts 5:32

3.7.2017 - SC says:
Beautiful testimony, faith comes by hearing. Praying your strength in the Lord.

1.2.2017 - Sis Sharon says:
AWESOME!! Very inspiring! Thanks for giving to the Lord!

11.27.2016 - Sis. Margaret Marshall says:
I love... lead me to the rock because the times we are living in, God is the true rock. I'm so grateful I don't have to put my trust in men! Praise God!

11.05.2016 - Shante says:
Thank God for your life and testimony!

11.05.2016 - wd says:
Great article! Great experience, ecouraging, glorifying God - thanks for sharing!

11.04.2016 - Sis. L. Brooks says:
EXCELLENT!!! Beauty from ashes through experience.

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