Monday, January 30, 2017

Overwhelmed: the unsaid things



Sometimes reality hits you while in bed, before you put your foot on the floor. You look at your phone and you are reminded of a tough situation. Most of the time your mind does a good job reminding you that things are difficult. What to do? I have learned to go to God first. 

I just continue to lay in bed and I start (silently) talking to God. Sometimes I can't put my situation into words. Good thing God knows it well. While the unsaid things are bubbling up in my heart like heartburn, my spirit reaches up to its Creator and asks, "is anything too difficult for You?"

This was not the prayer formula I learned in Sunday School. When I'm overwhelmed, prayer formulas do not work but my cry for help never goes unheard or unanswered. I kept thinking, "is that anything too difficult for You?"

So I make my way to the kitchen where I made coffee. I need it to be extra strong so I add an extra table spoon of coffee grains. 

I open my Bible because I know someone there has asked God the same question I had in my mind and spirit. It turns out that Jeremiah did in his book, chapter 32. God answered the question with a question:


Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh; is anything too difficult for Me? 
Jeremiah 32:27 

This is all the affirmation I needed. I went on the read my Bible in a Year. I found even more encouragement as I read about Moses and David dealing with impossible situations and putting all of their hope in a God who never forsakes. 

I find that when I decide to go to God for help, I keep going back to Him throughout the day. My days become bathed in prayer. I always pray with the kids before school but I say some extra prayers more for my sake than God's. I pray those extra prayers to remind me that God is trustworthy. While I may not see an immediate answer, I still believe in His faithfulness and in the supernatural.

I find that when I decide to go to God for help, He might ask me other questions. They are always for my sake, not God's. He knows the end from the beginning and here I am in the middle, asking, "is there anything too difficult for You?"

I will behold and I will see His salvation and His restoration. I will not be shaken or confused. I am making myself get out of a state of overwhelming sadness into a state of unshakable trust that God can do exceedingly, abundantly above all that I can ask or imagine.

My answer is, no, there is nothing too difficult for You. So do Your work God, while I wait in complete trust.

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