Overwhelmed? By What?

42-19296920Job raises a pretty solid question when he asks: “Shall we indeed accept good from God and not accept adversity?” (Job 2:10)

“Overwhelmed” has been a buzz-word among my coworkers and students as of late. Everyone is feeling overwhelmed and that is associated with ill feelings. This makes me wonder: why do we have this idea that we need to only feel overwhelmed in the right ways? Admit it, you’ve done it. You’ve prayed in so many words for God to overwhelm you with His goodness, grace, mercy, etc. But when He overwhelms you with life’s pressures? Then your prayers have a different flavor.

So why do we do it? Why do we try to define “overwhelmed” to fit into the shrunken kingdom of our fallen minds? If God allows us to be overwhelmed, there’s a high likelihood that we’ll see Him more closely as a result, whether we are astounded by His grace or astounded by our deadlines. But for most of us, that’s a risk we’d rather not encounter. Can’t we learn Christ more easily? Pshh.

Too often, we as Christians fail to live in pursuit of the fathomless goodness of God. Psalm 145 beautifully depicts this aspect of His character and makes me wonder: could it be that, because we have an atrophied view of God’s character, many times we have an atrophied view of what His power can lead us through? If we lived in a perpetual state of awe in God and the beauty of His character, how would that change the connotation of the sentiment “I’m feeling overwhelmed?”

I’m guessing you know the answer.


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. jules
    Nov 18, 2008 @ 18:00:44

    loved that. it was a very good way to compare the feeling overwhelmed in our mind to that of how often we wish to be overwhelmed in other ways… blessings, happiness, etc. sometimes i think we can learn just as much if not more by being overwhelmed to the point of realizing it’s time to put God back in the driver’s seat…


  2. Daisy
    Nov 18, 2008 @ 19:41:11

    Amen, Jules. Very true.


  3. Kate
    Dec 18, 2008 @ 06:13:47

    I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.




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