4-30-18 I Am Overwhelmed Ro 8:28

Hi Friends,

As I endured my Angel Pie’s trials, the one verse that got me through more than any other was Romans 8:28. I cannot express enough how desperate I am for it today…pray it with me, will you?

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Ro 8:28 NKJV

I am overwhelmed. Have you ever had something happen in your life that completely caught you by surprise, and not in a good way? This would be the third time it has occurred in my life and all I can see is darkness. Oh I know all the right answers: if God be for you who can stand against you?! God will never leave you alone nor abandon you! Let go and let God! I know all the answers because I have said all these to myself and others on numerous occasions, but man when you are in the fire, these very true statements seem so empty. For those of you following my blog, you may have noticed that I have not been putting out my “Weekly Encouragements” this past month or so. Why? Because I am having a hard enough time just getting up in the morning, which leaves me little to no energy to be encouraging to anyone. Well that’s not true. I am still leading my two Bible Study classes, coaching my clients, volunteering for various things and coordinating my church’s Financial Peace University classes, in addition to caring for elderly parents. Add to this the heartbreak of what has happened and it is simple to see why I have not been able to bring myself to writing my blog too. Life has just been too hard…

I am overwhelmed. Jesus never tells us that life is not going to be difficult. He is completely honest with us…well of course He is. He cannot lie. He is the Way, the TRUTH and the Life! Jesus tells us plainly, in this life you will have trials. But thank God the verse doesn’t end there, yes? He says for us to take heart. He says that He has overcome the world. But I am fully human and, when I am in the trenches like I have been these many weeks, I cannot see how this helps me. Sure Jesus, You have overcome the world but I’m still in it! The pain is real. The fear is consuming. The heartbreak is agonizing! What do I do with this? How do I reconcile the truth about this life being so hard but Jesus telling us that we can take heart because He has overcome it all? How does this verse help me now? And yet, in my moments of clarity, I know exactly how it helps. It fills me with Hope. The Hope that I am not alone in this. The Hope that this is not the end of the story. The Hope that God will work it all together for my good because I love Him and He will never leave me nor forsake me! You see, my Friends, life is hard, but apart from God, it is impossible!

I am overwhelmed. The more I meditate on God’s Word, on the Truth of the Bible, the more I am filled with Hope. Then the choice becomes clear: either I can be overwhelmed by the difficulties of my situation OR I can choose to be overwhelmed by the Love of God. The quality of our lives all comes down to choices. God made it as simple as possible for us, yet we complicate this all the time. The choices He has presented to us is NOT whether things will go wrong in our lives. My Friends, we live in a fallen world with broken people and an enemy that is both real and evil, hard things are going to happen to each and every one of us. Ever since The Downfall, that has never been the question. The question is what are we going to do with these hard things. The choice God presents to us is simple: Life or death, blessings or curses? And just in case we are not sure which to choose, He even tells us: choose Life! It is because God knows all too well that life is hard that He empowers us to choose Life as we let Him help us.

I am overwhelmed. By God’s Grace, I have been able to momentarily lift by head above this difficult trial now and again these last couple of weeks. But all this bobbing up and down is wearing me out! It’s like I am a drowning woman, coming up for air but then being mercilessly pulled back under again. This is the devil’s trick. He allows us to think, for just a minute, that we have caught our breath and can move forward, but then he strikes us again and down we go. Kicking us when we are down. This is what he does. But here’s the Hope: we can cry out to Jesus and He will lift us up and protect us from the enemy’s attack. All we have to do is choose Life and He will pour out His blessings upon us. Every time I choose to LET the situation control me, every time I ALLOW its darkness to consume me, I am choosing death and all the misery and pain and suffering that comes with it! So I have a choice to make today: will I DECIDE to be overwhelmed by the weight of this trial OR will I turn to God and be overwhelmed by His Love?

I am overwhelmed. Perhaps you find yourself in the storms of life today too. Your choice is the same as mine. God never belittles what we are going through. When we cry, He cries with us. When we hurt, He feels our pain. When our heart breaks, His does too. He understands more than anyone how hard this life can be. Feel what you feel, but don’t sit it in. Choose to keep walking through this valley of the shadow of death. Today I choose to take one more step towards the Light. Who knows? Maybe tomorrow I will take another, then another and, before I know it, I will be on the other side of this where I will see clearly how God is working it all together! That is my Hope…I pray it is yours too.

Until we meet again, keep lifting your eyes to God, He’s closer than you think…

<>< Peace, Diane

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