Wednesday, March 18, 2009

When my heart is overwhelmed
lead me to the rock that is higher than I
Psalm 61:2

Lately my days have been VERY busy.

8-9am ~ Piano
9-10:30am ~ School
10:3o-11am ~Break
11-11:30am ~ Piano
11:30-12:15pm ~ Dinner
12:15-12:25pm ~ Preparing for work
12:30-2:45pm ~ Work
2:45-3pm ~ Preparing for softball
3-6:30pm ~ Softball

Now, I don't mean to show you my schedule to complain or to boast or anything like that (I'm sure most of you have much busier schedule than this), I mean to show it to you so that you will understand how much this verse means to me and how much it has impacted my life.

After starting this schedule I didn't know how I was going to do this by myself. I mean, how was I going to muster up strength for the day after going to bed around midnight? How was I going to have enough self control to get my piano done for the competition in March, the Theory test in May and the level test in the fall? How was I going to have enough strength to get through softball? How was I going to have enough joy to get through work and be happy and pleasant while I'm there? How was I going to be able to get good grades in school? How was I going to be able to understand what I was reading in school?

Then I stopped myself. I could see it right there. I couldn't do it. I was overwhelmed, and usually when I'm overwhelmed with things I tend not to do them. I just let them go because I feel like it is impossible to get the things done that I need to. A great tactic, I know! Joking.
But when I read this verse in my Bible reading the other night it all made sense. I couldn't do it on my own. When I am overwhelmed I can't just leave it undone I need to leave it to God. Bring it to my Jesus and say "Lord, I cannot do this without you. My soul is overwhelmed with the many things that I have to do. I cannot keep a right attitude without You."

You have NO idea how much better I felt. It felt like a hugenormous weight was lifted of my shoulders. The weight of doing it myself was gone!! I don't have to do it alone. What a blessing.

So I share this with you in hopes that you will look to Jesus Christ as your rock, as the rock that is higher than you. What a Rock! A rock that will not falter or disappear or give way under the weight of your burden. He will hold fast! You don't have to worry that it is too much for Him to bear. He WANTS to carry it for you.

Perhaps its dread?

There they are, overwhelmed with dread,
for God is present in the company of the righteous.

Psalm 14:5

Or guilt?

My guilt has overwhelmed me
like a burden too heavy to bear.

Psalm 38:4

Or fear and trembling?

Fear and trembling have beset me;
horror has overwhelmed me

Psalm 55:5

Perhaps it's the weight of your sins?

When we were overwhelmed by sins,
you forgave our transgressions.

Psalm 65:3

No matter what it is, our Lord Jesus wants to bear them.
Hand them over to Jesus.

Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior
who daily bears our burdens.

Psalm 68:19

There are many more verses that I could have shared but I didn't have time. Go searching for them, they bring so much comfort to the weary soul. What a great God we have!!


Melanie said...

Oh, Leah, your post just brought me joy today!! I am so happy to see what the Lord has taught you. I had never thought of it the way you said-- but now I have something to really think on, and to remember when *I* get overwhelmed as well. I love you and praise the Lord for His blessing in your life!
BTW, I know what you mean about a burden being lifted off your shoulders!! God has graciously done that in my life too, only my burden was a big change in our family. There is such joy in just giving up our cares to the Lord Jesus Christ!
Thank you so much for sharing!

Anderson family said...

Thank you so much, Leah! I needed that so much; I have felt overwhelmed a lot lately and what you wrote has encouraged me SO MUCH! Praise the Lord for His goodness!

Rafter's-n-Henderson said...

That does sound like a lot for a young lady. Your busy schedule will soon be gone but imagine the memories and talents you will have taken away from your experiences. Good luck with your busy week. Looking forward to many more pictures. We enjoy them. Jaime and Family

Paula said...

Dear Leah,

Beautiful post!!!! I am always so blessed by your heartfelt, encouraging and uplifting written entries!!! (And your beautiful photos too!)

This is just what I needed to hear! I often feel overwhelmed and what a blessing it is to be reminded that we can not do it alone, but to look to our rock Jesus Christ!!!! Amen!!! Beautifully expressed sweetie!

I loved all the wonderful scripture you shared! Thank you so very much!!!! Take good care and continue to rest in Him, and I will too!

Love in Christ,

P.S. Thank you for you sweet comments! I would LOVE to sew with you in my sewing room, you would be very welcome!

Tricia said...

Very wonderful. Thanks for the help in keeping me focused.

Rosebud said...

THANKS, Leah!! That was so excellent!