overwhelmedpast participle, past tense of o·ver·whelm (Verb)
1. Bury or drown beneath a huge mass.
2. Defeat completely
I'm not quite drowning, but I'm definitely struggling to swim.
Lately my prayers have sounded more like long, heavy sighs as I look at my calendar, my to-do list, my students, my e-mails, my husband, my apartment, my life.
I've tried to come up with the words to ask God, the ways I'd like Him to help, the things I need. But I've come up short.
The only thing I can think of to say to Him is "Lord give me strength."
That's it, that's all I can muster. And you know what? I think that's enough. In all of our sleepiness and stress, the Lord doesn't ask us to be poets. He wants us to come to Him as we are. Broken and run-down...and even drowning.
Gosh, I must not be the only one who worries and gets piled under huge masses. There's a whole section of the Matthew that says "Do Not Worry."
"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life...who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."
Although I am currently overwhelmed by what the world is throwing at me, I also am a bit overwhelmed (the good kind of overwhelmed) looking at the word "strength" in the concordance. Overwhelmed by God's love and the strength he provides.
Ex. 15:2 The Lord is my strength and my song
2Sa. 22:33 It is God who arms me with strength
Ne 8:10 For the joy of the Lord is your strength
Ps. 28:7 The Lord is my strength and my shield
Ps. 46:1 God is our refuge and strength
Php. 4:13 through Him who gives me strength
1 Pe. 4:11 with the strength God provides
"The Lord is my strength and shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped."