Friday, June 10, 2011

Overwhelmed

Overwhelm. Definition, please:
1. to overcome completely in mind or feeling.
2. to overpower or overcome, especially with superior forces; destroy; crush.
3. to cover or bury beneath a mass of something, submerge.


Are you overwhelmed? Facing a situation that may have seemingly taken over your feelings and thoughts. Are you feeling overpowered by your circumstances, left defeated and destroyed? Do you feel so buried beneath the looming darkness that seems to be drowning your joy? Overwhelmed. 


It can happen to the best of us. It can happen when we least expect it. It's the point we reach when we simply feel as if we cannot go any further. Feeling so overcome with your circumstance and the emotions that overtake you, moving forward just doesn't seem possible. 


This is when "overwhelmed" takes on the form of everything that feels like the world is crashing down.


But could overwhelmed also be when you're so overcome with the thoughts of God? Could it be that your heart is overflowing from His goodness and outpouring of grace? Could overwhelmed be the "superior forces" that destroy and crush - not your spirit but the grief that once gripped you? Maybe overwhelmed is being covered by His wings, buried beneath His lavish love...


Overwhelmed. In the times when I am overcome by my circumstances, I want to be consumed by Him. Still in His presence. Speechless in awe of His love. Captivated by His mercies. Assured by His grace. Overwhelmed not in the midst of my circumstances, but overwhelmed by my Sovereign God.

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