#036: Crushed by the Load: How to Go From Mental Overload to Stillness of Heart

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"Be still and know that I am God." - Psalm 46:10

It is a truth I've been preaching to myself over and over again lately.

I feel like I have been mentally overloaded.
There are so many different things going through my mind, each of them requires time to process and handle - time that I feel like I don't have.
But my mind won't stop - one matter after another keeps piling up and my brain starts to feel clogged up.
Overwhelm fills my heart. I don't know how I'm gonna do it all and I'm getting paralyzed by stress.
The whole process is a vicious cycle; it seems as though this cycle will not stop until I take care of every. single. item. on my list.

Have you ever felt that way?!

If you have, what is your default response?
Do you freak out?
Do you try to take the matter into your own hands?
Or, do you become still and trust that He is God?

You see, the world tells us that we just need a better system, be more organized and have stronger self-confidence to do all the things.

But, friend, what we need is not self-reliance, but utter surrender to the Lord.

I was talking to a friend about my mentally overloaded state of mind and she said something that was right on:

"Do you take on responsibilities for things that are only God's job to do? Or do you put too much weight on things that God only puts little weight on?"

When we try to take ownership of what only God can do, we take on a burden we cannot carry. We will be crushed by the load.

In the same way, when we put too much emphasis on things that God only puts little emphasis on, we are chasing our tails. We will grow weary and break down.

When we find ourselves in either of these situations, what we need is utter surrender to the Lord.

We need to loosen that grip onto that thing that is too heavy for us to carry.

We CAN loosen that grip because He is God and there is nothing He cannot do. 

When I was writing this year's Lent Bible study on Passover, I saw the trust that the Israelites had in the Lord when He was about to strike all the firstborns in Egypt.

The Israelites were chosen to be spared. They were instructed to put blood on their door frames and they could not leave the house until the Lord had struck all the firstborns.

Imagine you were one of the enslaved Israelites. You had done all that you could to save your family but the last part was something that was out of your own power; only God could spare and you must wait still in the house for salvation.

Imagine the utter obedience and trust they would need that night as they wrapped their arms around their firstborn children.

"Be still and know that I am God"

Being still is not some dreamy abstract idea.
No, we can be still because the God who spoke the world into being is in us.
We can be still because the God who conquers death is for us.
We can be still because God is who He says He is.

He delights in us; He desires to give us the best;
And He does just that: He gives us the best of the best.

Instead of pacing back and forth, trying to figure out, freaking out about how to do it all, be still and know that He is God.

Like what my friend said, "Get your trust on, girl!"

This is the truth I want you to dwell on this week: The One who is above all dwells in you. If God is for you, who can be against you? (Romans 8:31) If you are in God's Hand, what could go wrong?