Am I overwhelmed by the right thing?

By on March 16, 2015

Do you remember the last time you felt overwhelmed?

I do – last week. Twice in one day.

And it’s embarrassing what led to those overwhelmed feelings. One was a run-in with my nemesis (aka computer), and the other was simply an uncomfortable, unfamiliar situation. Nothing life-threatening in the least. Nothing even remotely bad. I just let them get the best of me.

Until I sensed God saying to me, Pam, you’re overwhelmed by these things, because you’re not overwhelmed by Me right now. Get back to that place of being overwhelmed by who I am – for you, in you, and through you.

As I type this, I’m reminded of when Jesus said,

“‘Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her’” (Luke 10:41-42). (And we all know what Mary chose.)

It was time to take a deep breath and refocus on Him who should overwhelm me completely.

Every pore of our being needs to be overwhelmed by our God and the truth of all that He is. Otherwise when those stressful times blind-side us, all of the dry, cracked, weary, God-thirsty space inside us will quickly become overwhelmed by all the wrong things instead.

The truth is – the center of our focus will always get the best of us.

If I’m diligent to make sure that my focus stays on God, then He will constantly give me way more of His overwhelmingly indescribable self and His promises to dwarf any situation in comparison. It puts everything in perspective according to who He is.

And I know my God well enough to know that even in those times of my life when I’ve been overwhelmed by much greater life-altering situations, He has always provided the hope, peace, wisdom, and victory that I so needed in the moment. He is always faithful. Always loving. Always forgiving. Always here.

“Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me?
Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him For the help of His presence” (Psalm 42:5).

And worship? Being overwhelmed by God needs to be my priority so that I will live a life that never fails to worship Him – both on my knees and in how I live my life. It will propel me into a life of worship!

Not there yet? That’s ok. Ask God to reveal more of Himself to you and to help you wait, see, and respond with all you are. He loves answering our seeking prayers.

The song Overwhelmed by Big Daddy Weave has become one of my favorites. Take a few minutes to listen to it so you can be overwhelmed with me by the truth of who our God is!

When was the last time you felt overwhelmed, and how did you deal with it?


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  1. brentnz
    November 10, 2016

    Pam, good message. I am so glad that he is my strength when i feel overwhelmed. We are more than conquerers in Christ who strengthens us in our weakness. This week the enemy tried to destroy my peace and security in the Lord, and through prayer and the Holy Spirit, the Lord completely turned the situation around 360 degrees. I praise him. We are in a spiritual battle, and the enemy is out to destroy us. But if the Lord is with us, who can be against us? Regards, brent

    • Pamela Haddix
      November 10, 2016

      You are so right, Brent. The spiritual battle is real, and remembering who God in the midst of it is vital. Thanks for commenting. God bless!

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