Have you ever had those moments or days when you feel overwhelmed? There is an uneasiness in your spirit. Loads of decisions and responsibilities weigh upon your shoulders. You are not quite sure how to explain that feeling, but it shows up on your face.
This morning I woke up already tired from a difficult and interrupted night of sleep. Responsibilities weigh upon me. Decisions need to be made soon. The load of ministry, motherhood, and the work in the home is a little overwhelming right now. And all this is compounded by the emotional strain of being away from my oldest child for Christmas for the first time and a beloved dog that looms on the brink of death's door.
I sat down to spend my morning quiet time with the Lord. I prayed and asked, "Lord, please send me something. I need to hear from you this morning."
Psalm 43:5 "Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me?..."
David knew how to describe that feeling. He gave it a perfect name.
DISQUIETED: Made uneasy or restless; disturbed; harassed.
Yes, my soul is disquieted within me. I am sure you have been there, too. The key is knowing what to do in those situations. Psalm 43 gives a perfect prescription for the ailment.
- Turn to our best resource.
Psalm 43:2 "For thou art the God of my strength..."
God is our source of strength. When my responsibilities are too much for me and my to-do list is too big, they are not too big for Him!
Psalm 43:5 "... hope in God..."
God is our source of hope. As my heart feels heavy over the prospect of losing our sweet German Shepherd, I know that God is a great hope and comfort.
Psalm 43:5 "... for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God."
God is our source of healing and can put a genuine smile on our faces again when we make Him our focus instead of our problems. David turned to praising the Lord! As I long to see my son, I know that I don't have to paste a fake smile on my face. I am too blessed! I have real reasons to smile, and they are all because of my Father who loves me.
- Don't make emotional decisions.
Psalm 43:3 "O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles."
David didn't allow his emotions to guide his steps. He wanted God's truth to lead him. He sought God's direction.
It's amazing how timely God's Word is. The answers to our problems are all right there if we stay faithful to reading His Word and going to Him in prayer. I already feel the weight of my disquieted soul dissipating. Why? My circumstances have not changed. I am still tired from a frustrating night of sleep. I still have responsibilities hanging over my head. But somehow His Word has refocused me. My vision is no longer focused on the cloud. My eyes are again fixed upon the Son.