Are you struggling my friend? Me too! There is so much going on in our world between COVID, world crises, natural disasters, you name it. How are we supposed to handle all of this? Some days it feels too much.
The Bible says in Psalm 61: “1 O God, listen to my cry! Hear my prayer!
2 From the ends of the earth, I cry to you for help when my heart is overwhelmed. Lead me to the towering rock of safety, 3 for you are my safe refuge, a fortress where my enemies cannot reach me. 4 Let me live forever in your sanctuary, safe beneath the shelter of your wings!”(NLT)
I am so thankful that no matter what you or I face, we can go to God. He is our safe place. And the Holy Spirit is our Comforter. I’ve experienced His comfort more in 2021 than ever before. God has given me supernatural strength as I faced the death of my parents in January and in July when we lost my sister-in-law and niece in a car accident. I never dreamed we would have two double funerals in our family.
What are some practical things we can do when feeling overwhelmed? One of the things I purposely choose to do is walk away from social media and anything that might cause anxiety. I replace it by playing a game with my husband, or watching a light hearted movie, reading a fun book* or simply soaking in the tub.
I have to be honest though. Sometimes I feel a little guilty for walking away from all that is going on. I bet you can relate. However, I’m learning if I don’t take time away, then I’m not much good to anyone. So let go of the guilt my friend and take some “me time” so that you can be there for your family, friends, and church family when they need you most.
Another thing I do, is tell God how I really feel. Just this week I said, “God, I don’t understand why You’re allowing so many pastors and their families to suffer and die from COVID. I don’t get it! You can stop this! But God, no matter what, I choose to trust You!“
God’s shoulders are big enough to handle our doubts and questions. I am so grateful He allows us to be real with Him and He still loves us and comforts us.
My prayer for you today is for God to give you supernatural strength and peace as you navigate through this difficult season.
What are things you do to take a break from the stress of the world? Weigh in on this subject in the comments below!
*A book that I recently read (written by a friend of mine) is The Sahar of Zanzibar by Shirley Gould.
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