"Too Much to Do and Not Enough Time" - Saturday, May 25, 2019 - by Dianne Prince
Psalm 61: 2 From the ends of the earth, I cry to you for help when my heart is overwhelmed. Lead me to the towering rock of safety.
Have you ever committed to do too many things in a short span of time? “To do” lists that lie undone can leave you anxious, stressed, mentally dry, and emotionally drained. If you look at what you see and all the things that lie ahead to be accomplished, it is easy to become crushed by the weight of the demands. If you focus on all the things that have gone un-done, it is easy to be overtaken by concern that there are too many things to do and there is not enough time to get them done.
In our scripture today, David says, “From the ends of the earth, I cry to you for help when my heart is overwhelmed. Lead me to the towering rock of safety, for you are my safe refuge.” In other words, we become overwhelmed because we focus on our weighty problems, our long list of things to do, our overpowering dilemmas, and our crushing situations, instead of focusing on almighty God. As David reflects on God’s past actions, he concludes that God has always been his safe refuge. In the past, God has always been a shelter from danger. He has always been faithful in watching over David when he cried out for help. And, God has always quieted David’s restless spirit.
Reflection on the past is so important for us as Christians. If you think about last year this time, you probably had the same level of busyness, the same amount of activity, and the same events tugging at your time. And, as you reflect on it, you realize you made it. The anxiety was for naught. The overwhelming feeling was a waste of your precious emotions. As you reproduce last year’s memories in your mind, it all worked out. It worked out last year, the year before that, and the year before that. Guess what? It will work out now. Reflection will put things in perspective for you. In particular reflection on what God has done for you in a similar situation and how He delivered you from a circumstance similar to the one you are experiencing now. Remember the unnecessary worry and concern? As you replay it in your mind and how things worked out in your favor, the worry was all for nothing.
Isaiah 26:3 promises us, “God will keep in perfect peace all who trust in Him, all whose thoughts are fixed on Him.” So, instead of becoming overwhelmed over life’s busyness, anchor your mind and your heart on the Lord, and trust Him to come through like He has come through so many times in the past. When feeling like the issues of life are bigger than big, slow down, and cry out to God. He will lead you to higher ground. You cannot rise above what is weighting you down apart from God leads you out of it. God will lead you to a peaceful place higher and stronger than you are.
When feeling overwhelmed, divert your focus away from your “to do” list, from your issue at hand, and from your problem of the day by asking God to bring to mind those times He came through for you during overwhelming situations in the past. Take your focus off all that is left to do. Thank God for His past faithfulness and express your trust that He will be faithful in the present.
Do you have too much to do and not enough time to get it done? Are you feeling overwhelmed by the issues of life? Reflections of God’s past actions will bring peace in the present, rest in your mind, and amity in your spirit.
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