Monday, August 03, 2009

Overwhelmed Overload

Hear my cry ,O God:
Attend to my prayer.
From the end of the earth I will
cry to You.
When my heart is overwhelmed;
Lead me to the rock that is
higher than I.
~Psalm 61:1-2~

A request from a senior neighbor made me crabby.I did not want to return her phone call which I knew was a request for assistance of some kind.Word from a friend about news of her husband's return of prostate cancer made me cry.A call from a family member found me muttering under my breath "leave us alone" from another room I assumed they too were wanting something from us..My flesh,my humanity,was all too apparent in the last few days.I was on emotional overload.Overwhelmed by life.Inundated by a plethora of prayer needs for people needing healing had left me with a broken heart for these suffering souls.Add to that the recent heatwave and subsequent loss of sleep and you have prime breeding ground for emotional and physical exhaustion.I felt I had not a thing left to give.Nothing.Empty.Out of gas.And in the midst of all this a reminder to go the Rock that is higher than I for refreshing.For healing.Run to Jesus with my all too human frame.Run to Him for healing and renewal.Go to Him for rest.For peace.And if needed,escape for a day.Which is what we hope to do tomorrow.We hope to run to the coast for the day.To escape the stress and monotony of a life lived on a fixed income which carries with it it's own monthly challenges and stresses.We hope to stare at the water and let His waves have their healing and restorative way in us.We hope to have a cheap meal somewhere and just enjoy each other and His creation with out a jangling phone or cell phone!Our way of running to the Rock that is higher and bigger and more powerful than we could ever imagine.A way to let my overwhelmed and overloaded heart catch a break and perhaps heal a little.
God bless all~Sharon:-)


Teri Leigh said...

Sharon, I totally get exactly what you are talking about. I have been there myself recently. I was given Jeremiah 17 to chew on. You know the passage about letting our roots go deep so that when drought comes we can be strong and keep on producing fruit. Well it is in the tough times that my roots learn how to go deep. I hope your time away enjoying God's creation waters your soul and helps your roots go a little deeper into his love and care. Hugs to you

Debbie in CA : ) said...

Nothing soothes my soul like the immense ocean. God's resume of majesty lies all around us every day, but there is something bigger about the ocean. I thought my heart would break when God called us away from the coast to live in this cleft of the Sierras . . . but I was wrong! I still long to inhale the tang of the sea, but I have found the same BIG beauty and soul-healing moments right here in my mountain home. God is good.

May you be blessed abundantly on your getaway day. : D

Sharon said...

Thanks so much Teri!It's so good to see you here!I read the passage you mentioned.Good stuff.We did go to the coast and enjoy a few hours respite.Was great but not enough.I'm hoping our pastor can recommend someone for me to talk to in our church.A woman hopefully.:-)Blessings~Sharon

Sharon said...

Good to see you here!Loved seeing our coast yesterday.Was so lovely!I can see how you would miss the ocean.I love the mountains as much as the ocean and maybe more!Both inspire me however!Blessings and Love~Sharon

Denise said...

Oh girl...... sounds like my days! I am headed up to read the next post and I am thinking that you got those 10 little digits on those feet in that water and let HIS waves wash over you! We all nave to get a way sometime.... Mine is coming in October! I am sooooo excited!

Sharon said...

Though our digits did not actually touch the water we did enjoy the oh so brief time away from our apartment.I hope time flies for you so that you may soon enjoy your much needed respite!Love you~Sharon