Food for ThoughtPsalm 61:2 Being Overwhelmed
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By Marni Montanez

Psalm 61:2 New King James Version

2. From the end of the earth I will cry to You,
When my heart is overwhelmed;
Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

Our spiritual journey is woven together with yesterdayís failures and a future hope that keeps us forging ahead.   Each season reveals hidden agendas and misguided beliefs that must be purged from our lives.   Some are easily recognizable and others are steeped in denial.  

When these things are painful to acknowledge it is difficult to face them.  Only a determined soul will continue moving forward as the heavy winds of adversity blow hard and fast;  These are better known as trials and tribulations.  

In these very difficult times it is a natural response to cry out to God.  He already knows what is going on in our life and more importantly, in our hearts.  

The process of growing and maturing lends itself to experiences that stretch and confront us. It can feel overwhelming in these difficult seasons, but God knows exactly how much pressure to apply through various methods that help us surrender those areas we are unable to surrender naturally.  God seems unusually silent in these times when the struggle within has brought us to our breaking point and we find ourselves down on our knees.  These moments feel empty and abandoned.  It is a dark place where we are overcome with fear and doubt.   But it is in these vulnerable times that we express our deepest need for the only one who can bring peace into our souls.  

When our heart is overwhelmed and we donít know what to do or where to turn, our fears are soothed as we submit to the One who is wise and strong.   He brings us to higher ground, away from harm and we are restored, finding an oasis in our emotional or spiritual desert. 

God loves when we admit our weakness and our dependence upon Him.  He offers peace to us as we grow in relationship with Him; especially in the times of monumental life challenges. We have the freedom to cry out to our Father in heaven; He understands. He desperately desires to answer that cry.  We must look up when we are overwhelmed, knowing that in Godís presence we are lifted and strengthened.   We must see our need for Him, otherwise it will become obvious when we find ourselves struggling and failing again and again. 

God is our Rock; He is strong and solid, unmoved and able and He has given us the right to cry out and ask Him for help.  We donít have to do anything alone.  He will lead us to Himself and help us at a momentís notice.  God is hereÖÖ...now. 

Challenge:  Readily admit your need for God before disaster comes.  Speak to God from your heart and ask Him to lead you to Him.  

God bless

Marni

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