I don’t know about you, but life overwhelms me sometimes. Teaching is what I believe I’m called to do right now and I try to treat it as my mission field, since that’s what it is. And my children are a gift from the Lord. I’ve been entrusted to do my very best to raise them right.
But to be quite honest, I really struggle with being a teacher and a mama at the level I want.
When I’m overwhelmed, I have often said, “I feel like I’m drowning.” You may have said it, too. Do you know why we say that?
Peter, 1st century. Middle East. The saint that’s supposed to be waiting for us at the pearly gates. Yeah, that Peter.
Peter taught us a lesson about drowning, quite literally. (I’m a very literal person, so I feel like this was just for me.)
Remember when Jesus walked on the water? And Peter, the blessed poster child for ADHD, said, “I want to do that, too!” And he did. Actually walked on the water as if it was solid ground. And then….
Peter looked around. He took his eyes off of Jesus, and he started to quite literally sink.
Thank God for Peter’s humanity. Because I sink for the same reason. And I ain’t no saint.
Because overwhelm comes from looking at me and my problems, not at Him.
I have to remember the words from the old hymn:
Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His goodness and grace
And that says it all.
This Easter season, I encourage you to take time to do what this verse says to us. Let the overwhelm become dim. And let His goodness and grace light your world.