“A woman who lives with the stress of an overwhelmed schedule will often ache with the sadness of an underwhelmed soul.”
(Lysa TerKeurst from her latest book The Best Yes)
After hearing this truth, I can’t seem to get it out of my heart. In fact, I desire for it to stay there….for good. This truth resonates so deeply in my soul and it makes sense after really digesting it fully. Why? Because this is where I live. This is so often my life in a nutshell. I feel pulled in so many directions. And many of those directions are good things! Yet some of those directions are my own human flesh. Things I want for myself. Things that aren’t part of God’s plan for me.
Oh how I long to fully embrace God’s purpose for me in every area of my life. Every area. My marriage. My parenting. My relationships with friends. Anything God calls me to do.
So if I am feeling overwhelmed, something is wrong. Very wrong. Overwhelmed is not a word I see Jesus using to describe his calling while upon this earth. Overwhelmed is not a word listed in the fruits of the spirit. Overwhelmed is not supposed to be something that describes a follower of Jesus.
Yet we use this word frequently to describe our lives:
I’m overwhelmed with my job.
I’m overwhelmed with my kids’ demands.
I’m overwhelmed with my husband’s expectations.
I’m overwhelmed with serving people.
I’m overwhelmed with everything.
Can you relate to this truth? Do you feel stressed out with an overwhelmed schedule? Do any of the above statements resonate with you? We’re certainly not alone.
So what’s the answer to feeling overwhelmed with all the things we feel pulled to do? Or feel pulled to be?
I do know for certain that my Jesus calls me to rest in Him. To give my burdens to Him. To surrender my soul to Him. The central verse for my life is from the words of Jesus in Matthew,“Come to me all who are weary and heavy burdened and I will give you rest.” While I cling to this truth with my entire being, sometimes I just need something practical to flesh out what this really looks like.
One thing I will be doing over the days ahead is reading the book by Lysa TerKeurst called The Best Yes. I can already tell it’s going to be profound and speak to where I live. I recommend it to you as well, dear friend.
In the meantime, I’m going to be looking closely at my schedule to make sure it’s God’s schedule. Anything outside of that will bring stress. I want to replace my stress with His rest!
Matthew 11:28 “Come to me all who are weary and heavy burdened and I will give you rest.”