Overwhelmed

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The hospital continuing to be built.

A popular new song out there currently is titled “Overwhelmed”.  I have been reminded of it often as the word overwhelmed comes to my mind.  As the school year gets started and there are changes abounding, I feel overwhelmed.  Overwhelmed by the amount of work to do.  Overwhelmed by the difficulty of raising the level of education.  Overwhelmed with how to communicate in a foreign language.

And as I think about being overwhelmed, my perspective changes as I think of the lyrics to this song….

“Overwhelmed”

I see the work of Your Hands
Galaxies spin in a Heavenly dance oh God
All that You are is so overwhelming

I hear the sound of Your Voice
All at once it’s a gentle and thundering noise oh God
All that You are is so overwhelming

Overwhelmed.  Overwhelmed by the fact that he continues to do something a new here.  Last week I sat and listened to Luis and John give tell their stories again of how they ended up here.  And both stories were being written at the exact same time.  And both stories had the same line – ” I didn’t want to.  I didn’t have the time. ”  And yet they both listened to God pulling them ever so close and telling them that this wasn’t just another lead to another place…. that it was where they were supposed to be.  And I reflected back on those days where I struggled as well to understand all that God was asking me to give up.  And sitting together now, encouraging one another and working with one another through it all brings about a unity that God overwhelms us for a season to bring about His glory.
And through it all, I can hear His voice.  His voice saying He is doing something new hear.  His voice as He continues to supply.  His voice reminding us that these are His people.  His voice as he brings together it all.
I must admit that most days I am overwhelmed by the demands of the day.  I am overwhelmed by students who need my time and energy.  I am overwhelmed, sleep deprived and overstimulated.  I am overwhelmed by planning and taking in the students needs and trying to figure out what is needed next.  I am overwhelmed by the pouring out of myself…. and yet as I listen to they lyrics I am reminded that is right where He wants us to be… overwhelmed so that we turn to Him and rely on Him for our strength.
God, I run into Your arms
Unashamed because of mercy
I’m overwhelmed, I’m overwhelmed by You

All that You’ve done is so overwhelming
I delight myself in You
In the Glory of Your Presence
I’m overwhelmed, I’m overwhelmed by You

You are Glorious, You are Glorious
Oh God, there is no one more Glorious
You are Glorious, God you are the most Glorious

And so… we may be overwhelmed, but it is because He has the capacity to overwhelm us.  We may feel as if we cannot continue on at this pace, but we are given the promise that He will provide.  He has in the past… why would we question the future?

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