Rest for the Weary

I don’t know about you, but this semester has brought with it adjective that suddenly finds its place in my everyday life.


history: 14th cent. “to turn upside down, to overthrow from over + “to submerge completely” –> figurative: to bring to ruin.

verb: overcome completely in mind, or feeling. to overpower/overcome, (superior force) destroy, crush. to cover, bury beneath mass–> flood, debris, avalanche, submerge… to load, heap, treat or address with an overpowering or excessive amount of anything.

after looking up the definition, and origin of the word… it seemed to be an evident tool of the devil. 

Between school, life, being far away from my family and people who are important to me, graduation knocking at my door, photography, dreams… etc -I have a million directions I am running in and wish I had the time to commit to finishing tying up the loose ends of the million things I have going on. I do really well with plans, and order… 

What does the Bible say about being overwhelmed? Were people back then overwhelmed? Is being overwhelmed okay? …is it normal?

Psalm 55:4-8

New International Version (NIV)

4 My heart is in anguish within me;
the terrors of death have fallen on me.
5 Fear and trembling have beset me;
horror has overwhelmed me.
6 I said, “Oh, that I had the wings of a dove!
I would fly away and be at rest.
7 I would flee far away
and stay in the desert;[a]
8 I would hurry to my place of shelter,
far from the tempest and storm.”

I love how this verse just calls in anguish for a break: being in college this is how I feel SO often- I long to run from school, and work… Spring break is coming, and you bet I will be there with bells on!

Psalm 61:1-4

New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 61

Psalm 61[a]

For the director of music. With stringed instruments. Of David.1 Hear my cry, O God;
listen to my prayer.

2 From the ends of the earth I call to you,
I call as my heart grows faint;
lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
3 For you have been my refuge,
a strong tower against the foe.

4 I long to dwell in your tent forever
and take refuge in the shelter of your wings.[b]

I especially love how in v. 3 & 4 it talks about how God has been there in the past for him, and how he will continue to dwell with God forever, and take shelter (trust) in God’s protection. Even in midst of the turmoil of his heart- he acknowledges God is always there; past, present, and future.

The book of Nehemiah also is an incredible example of how he dealt with being overwhelmed in a trusting, and faithful manner.

In short: he was asked to rebuild Jerusalem- a daunting task… but instead of being overwhelmed, he prayed.

What does God say about being overwhelmed?

John 16:33

New International Version (NIV)

33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

God does not promise an easy life: but He does promise He has overcome everything in this world- our God has overcome the world.

2 Timothy 2:4

New International Version (NIV)

4 No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer.
I really like this verse because it talks about not getting involved in civilian affairs… all of the crazy things we commit to… and running around like chickens with our heads cut off is NOT what God calls us to do. There are so many more important things when you look at the big picture… sometimes I have to sit down and just breathe, realizing that God called me to more than a life of going to classes, late nights studying, and countless raveled ends… God has SO much more planned for me, this is just a few small puzzle pieces of His bigger picture for my life.

Matthew 11:28

New International Version (NIV)

28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

This is where I leave you, this verse brings me intense peace. God calls us to come to him in our tired and burdened lives, He doesn’t call us to be “tough” he calls us to be vulnerable, and He will give us the rest our souls crave.

I seriously need that verse tattooed on my hand- so I never forget.

Xoxo, Bb


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