Saturday, October 10, 2009

Ever felt completely overwhelmed? Feel like you're pulled in a million directions... work... husband... kids... friends... Sometimes the frenetic pace of life in the 21st century can seem totally out of control... like someone else is driving and you're just hanging on for dear life! Ever felt like that? I'm sure you have! I certainly have!

Even Jesus felt like that sometimes. Remember the crowds pushing in on him constantly (remind you of a paparazzi pack?!), asking him questions, begging for healing, trying to trick him. Needy people everywhere it seemed. What was his answer? Well, the Bible is quite clear... Luke records (5:15-16) that "the news about him (Jesus) spread all the more so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses. But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed." Does that make you stop and think? It should! If you think you can be a superwoman and do it all perhaps it's time you stopped to consider that even the Son of God Himself couldn't do it all! He needed time alone on a regular basis with His Father in heaven. We too need that time alone with the Father in heaven we share with Him. He's anxiously waiting for us... and He wants to give us rest from the weariness of life (remember He factored that in right from the beginning of time...).

Take some time out to consider your life at the moment. Maybe jot down your commitments. Fill in the details. Then set aside some time alone with God to pray about your commitments and see what adjustments you need to make. If your life is so full of busyness that God doesn't fit in you can be sure something needs to go! That may mean that you need to delegate or reduce your commitments. Don't panic. God will honour your commitment to Him and He will take care of the things or people you can no longer devote time to. Jesus is very clear in Matthew 6:33... "seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things [the cares of the world] will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow..." As women our time is often carved up in what seems like a million pieces. Unless we learn to put Christ at the centre each and every day we will end up constantly overwhelmed and stressed. I wonder what things you can prioritise better? Lets pray that Christ Himself will guide us into the coming days, weeks, months and years...

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