It is okay to be overwhelmed.
A strong person is not the one who doesn’t cry. A strong person is one who cries or sheds tears for a moment then gets up and fights again. (~borrowed)
Sometimes you feel like it’s all too much and you want to press the pause button life so that you can recharge, refresh and restrategize.
I’ve struggled with guilt over being overwhelmed, as if feeling overwhelmed is not enough. Trying to rationalize why I should be okay (not just the ‘okay’ you say when you are trying to get someone off your back, but really okay, fine). I’ve realized that everyone has their own journey. As unique as our journeys are so are our experiences, limits and coping mechanisms. Everyone should have the chance to independently experience what rages within them, be it passion or pain, without being subjected/or subjecting themselves to an imaginary yard stick.
Inhale. Feel. Exhale
Both the old and young feel overwhelmed at one time or another.
Isaiah 40:30 New Living Translation (NLT)
30 Even youths will become weak and tired,
and young men will fall in exhaustion.
It’s okay to admit that the current circumstances are a bit heavier and darker than what you expected. It’s okay to allow yourself to feel. To feel the pain, hurt, disappointment, anger, sadness, confusion, exhaustion and despair. It’s okay to feel the roller coaster of emotions.
What’s not okay is to be consumed by these feelings.
Thankfully, there is a way out.
The Rock that is higher than me
For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been singing this song on repeat. Ksena even knows that we sing it both in Swahili and English. Now, I see that it has been a declaration asking the Lord to hide me under the rock.
This heart is overwhelmed, but not for too long. My tears, liquid prayers, have been collected in jars and have been recorded in His book. (Psalm 56:8)
It gets better. It is better.
Keep the hope alive
My strength is being renewed for I have put my hope in the Lord. He will carry me to greater heights, give me grace, strength, peace for the rest of the journey.
If your heart is overwhelmed, allow yourself to feel the emotions as you go to the rock that is higher than you. Put your hope in Him and let Him strengthen you and propel you to greater heights.
Here’s to soaring on wings like eagles, running and not growing weary and walking and not being faint.
Have a lovely week.