When Overwhelmed with Daily Chronic Illness

overwhelmedBeing overwhelmed isn’t bad. Lynn explains how it depends on what you are overwhelmed with.

“No one is like You, Lord; You are great, and Your name is mighty in power” (Jeremiah 10:6).

I am feeling overwhelmed by my physical fatigue . . . pain. . . fears. . . dreams deferred . . . pain in the lives of those I love. . . uncertainly about my future. . . carrying burdens in isolation.

False guilt emerges about feeling overwhelmed when the Lord has exhorted me to trust Him. He has overcome. He knows his plans for me are good.

I love and trust Him above anyone and anything else. Yet, I get overwhelmed by the feelings whirling in my circumstances.

Why is He not overwhelmed by the heaviness I carry? The burdens are real. I don’t want to “spiritualize” them away. My focusing inward and dwelling on what cannot be answered in the “now” takes my focus off the One who is dwelling with me in all of these feelings.

It is not that He wants me to negate them. He wants me to be overwhelmed by Him so that the burdens are not foremost. He is.

Although He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow, I am not! I fluctuate in how I feel from moment to moment in the same day.

He beckons me to enter His rest where His peace is found. There, unlike the slippery slopes I create for myself, we are on even ground, yoked together, side by side, carrying the loads. I can then keep in step with Him allowing Him to set the pace, sharing with Him in the “now.”

He wants me to unload my feelings honestly. With Him I can, for He alone knows just what to do with them. Remaining close, I can hear His counsel and watch Him dismantle my confusion.

Prayer: Lord, You are surrounding me and within me. That is the overwhelming You want me to feel. Help me to let all else fall aside to be replaced by Your care. Amen.

About the Author:
Lynn Severance is a retired elementary classroom teacher. Since 1983, she has lived with vestibular dysfunction: constant dizziness, sessions of vertigo and related side effects of nausea, balance problems, neck and back pain, visual tracking and eye fatigue. She is a breast cancer survivor having gone through surgery and chemotherapy treatments in 1987-88. She lives in Lynnwood, Washington. Do visit her blog at http://lynn-severance.blogspot.com

In what areas of your life do you find yourself most overwhelmed right now? If you could hear God beckoning you to His counsel, what might He tell you?

Lynn thought you would enjoy this video and shares this with us: “When any of us become overwhelmed to the point of confusion, God wants to meet us right where we are and lead us out. In song, the recording artists, Hillsong, share the reminder that ‘There is None Like You.’ This video also includes the lyrics to reinforce the message, allowing it to soak deep within us.” Thanks, Lynn! -Lisa