Finding Peace When You’re Feeling Overwhelmed

Do you feel unsettled?  Life kinda topsy-turvey?  Too many things to do and not nearly enough time?  Yeah, me too.

Juggling multiple projects at once isn’t terribly unusual for me, but this last month has been a bit more challenging than usual. My mind tends to race with all the things I need to get done which certainly doesn’t help me feel peaceful.  I’m guessing you’ve had moments where finding peace was a struggle too.

That’s not what God wants for us.  He tells us that His yoke is light and that we should “not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”  (Galatians 6:9)

We’re reminded to “commit your works to the Lord, and your thoughts will be established.”  (Proverbs 16:3)

I can’t find a verse that says, “the world rests on you – don’t mess it up!” …

…yet sometimes I slip and start acting as if that were the case.

Thankfully, God is still in control and He invites us to “cast our cares upon Him, for He cares for us.”  (1 Peter 5:7) It’s amazing that the God of the universe who watches over all of mankind cares about my seemingly insignificant challenges – but He does.  He is a good Father who provides for His children.

I know that I have a role to play here that requires my time, energy and talent.  However, I also have to regain the proper perspective that success doesn’t fully rest on my shoulders.  Sometimes I forget and that’s when I grow weary.  So I’m writing this as much for me as I am for you.  To remind us that God goes before us and is our rear guard.  He provides us with wisdom, strength, discernment, and everything we need for life and godliness.

In those moments where I start feeling overwhelmed, I’m learning to pause and pray.

I’m learning to seek my heavenly Father’s help and to ask Him for help to rest in the peace He provides.  God sent His Son to save us – He’s not going to leave us hanging out there on our own nor does He expect us to fulfill the calling He’s placed on our lives in our own strength.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, I encourage you to stop for a few moments and pray.  Ask God if you’re taking on responsibilities that aren’t yours to manage.  Ask for wisdom, strength, and peace.  Ask Him to provide new volunteers or to help you fill that open staff position to lighten your workload.  Talk with a trusted friend, mentor or your spouse.  Share your frustrations, fears, and concerns.  Don’t bottle them up and try to be the hero.  God is faithful – He will provide.  Trust Him and enjoy the rest He offers.

Have you ever felt overwhelmed?  How do you handle busy seasons?