One of my goals during the COVID-19 stay-at-home order was to not return to my hectic and always on the go lifestyle I had become accustomed to. Quarantine allowed me space, time, and freedom to invest in my relationships and overall health and I was determined to carry that into my “new normal.” As the world slowly began to reopen, I was determined to keep myself accountable to this goal of peaceful and intentional living, but that didn’t last long.
Something happened to change all of those goals that I had made for myself and I can describe that something to you in 2 words - wedding planning. But of course, when it rains, it pours and it seems that almost every single aspect of my life is changing, which is leaving me busier and more stressed out than I have ever been in my life thus far.
We all go through these seasons of life where we are running at a pace that is not sustainable and everything feels as though it’s shifting and changing around us while we have no control over any of it. This is such a tough spot to be in because we want so badly to ask for help but feel the burden rest squarely our shoulders.
Maybe you find yourself in the same boat as me and are missing the family time and restful schedule that quarantine brought. I want to encourage you and myself today with 3 things we can do the next time we feel overwhelmed.
1. Cry out to God
Psalm 141:1 I call to you, Lord, come quickly to me; hear me when I call to you.
God loves you so much and can sympathize with your overwhelmed heart (Hebrews 4:15). So often we try to carry the burden of life on our own when we were never meant to do it alone. God knows that we have weaknesses and wants us to rely on Him at all times - not just the times when we feel like we need Him. He wants you to cry out to Him for help and He will be near to you.
2. Rest in His presence
Psalm 23:2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters.
In this Psalm, David compares the Lord to a shepherd who leads us to green pastures and quiet waters. This imagery shows the reader that following the Lord as the leader of your life, brings you to a place of rest and not strife. Take time to retreat into His arms to allow His rest and comfort to pour over you. Realize that you serve a sovereign God who has a good plan for your life.
3. Remember, your inheritance is in Heaven
1 Corinthians 2:9 However as it is written: What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived - the things God has prepared for those who love Him.
Oftentimes during stressful or overwhelming seasons of life, we can get tunnel vision. This is normal because we are attempting to stay afloat and do the next thing right in front of us but I want to encourage you to take a step back and realize this world is not our home. All of this happening in our lives is extremely temporary and we are guaranteed that we will have struggle in this life (John 16:33). This world has many troubles but be encouraged by the fact that what is coming is better than what is happening now.