verb. bury or drown beneath a huge mass
To say that I’ve been overwhelmed for the past 6-7 weeks has been an understatement. At the very beginning of March I was given the opportunity to take on 5 assignments with my “other job” and I also found out that my professional portfolio for school was due in just over a month. The first task brought in more income; the latter helps to keep the current income. All 6 tasks needed to be done, some for obvious reasons and others for not so obvious reasons. So for the past six weeks I have been chipping away at these deadlines AND working my 40 hour a week job, taking care of a family, chauffering kids to soccer practices, games, etc. Most days I simply had to remind myself it would all be over in just a few short weeks — I could make it. Other days, I came home, laid down on the couch and took a nap, just so I didn’t have to think about all the work that hovered over my shoulders.
In the midst of it, I started a new Bible study and of course God encouraged me (just as He always does) with the perfect verse at the perfect time.
I raise my eyes toward the mountains.
Where will my help come from?
My help comes from the LORD,
the maker of heaven and earth.
He will not allow your foot to slip;
your Protector will not slumber.
I felt like I was standing at the base of a mountain, looking up at its vastness and knowing the possibility that is was un-climbable. After reading those words, I realized that I wouldn’t make it up the mountain if I focused on my strength and abilities, but I could do it if I let God help me. He made the mountains anyway and they stand at his command.
I would love to say that I made it through without a meltdown, but that would be a lie. In fact, I had a pretty serious meltdown (on a Sunday!). Again, God provided by sending Godly encouragement from a spiritual mentor that means the world to me. He reminded me that He sees and He knows, even though no one else has a clue what mountains I face.
I’ve stopped for a picnic right now (my portfolio is completed and ready to be turned in tomorrow and the final writing deadline has been emailed), but another mountain is standing front of me. One that will require all my strength and all of God’s strength working in me. What mountain looms in front of you? Know this – you can start climbing but won’t ever make it to the top unless you rely on the Maker of Heaven and earth.