Our family had been out together one night, and we were arriving home rather late. Being so late, Owen had fallen asleep in the car. Before he fell asleep, he had asked if he could take his shoes off, and I gave him the OK to do so. As I began to unbuckle him from his seat, I told him I would carry him inside, but he would need to carry his shoes in his hands.

When he heard that, he immediately broke down and said, “But, Dad, if I have to carry my shoes, I won’t be able to hold on to you. My hands will be full!” I simply replied, “O, you don’t have to hold onto me. I’ll be holding on to you, and I won’t drop you.”

You and I both know this feeling all to well. We are given extra items to carry, and we wonder, “How will I ever be able to hold on to all of this and make it!” We know what it means to be buried neck deep in problems, works, stress, bills, and a list of to-dos! Rushing out the door with coffee in hand, barely finishing all of your work for the day, making it just in time for the kids’ ballgames, pulling a supper meal together, everybody tucked in for bed, just to wake up and do it all again. We feel overwhelmed.

How do you know if you’re overwhelmed?

Overwhelmed is defined as “To overcome completely in mind or feeling; to cover or bury beneath a mass of something, as floodwaters, debris, or an avalanche; to load, heap, treat, or address with an overpowering or excessive amount of anything.”

1. You can’t see the end of what you’re facing.

When you are overwhelmed in your circumstances, you are buried. When you are buried, you can’t see the end of the problem. If I were to ask you if you believe the problem will end, you would probably reply with a half-hearted yes, and to be honest, you believe that it will end. But when you can’t see the end in sight, you begin to feel overwhelmed.

2. You think that you can’t handle what you’re facing.

The thing about being overwhelmed is that the weight on top of you is more than you can carry! It is extremely heavy! If it wasn’t heavy, you could handle it. But the day finally came when the weight was too much for you. It probably became too much because of different problems that stacked on top of each other. And now, you are exhausted and worn out from carrying everything!

So, if you find yourself overwhelmed today, what should you do about it? Psalm 61is the prayer of David who is probably on the run from one of his enemies. Literally, his problem is chasing him, and he is at the breaking point. He has had all he can handle; he is overwhelmed!

Psalm 61:1-4 “Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.  I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah.”

What should you do today if you are overwhelmed?

1. Cry out to God!

I love that David prayed to God and told him about feeling overwhelmed. Too many times we are guilty of trying to make everything work on our own without ever going to God in prayer. We should never be too busy to pray!

2. Claim God’s promise.

Aren’t you thankful that you have a Rock that you can hold on to in the storm, a Shelter to rest in when you’re tired, and a Tower to run to when you’re weak. What a mighty God we serve! He is the solution to feeling overwhelmed. He promised He would never give us more than we can handle, so trust Him.

3. Confide in God.

The last thing that David does is he trusts in God for His protection. As crazy as it sounds, we struggle to trust God sometimes. In our head, we know that He can. But in our heart, we doubt if He will for us. God can, and God will. We must trust Him.

Selah. Pause and think on these things. Are you overwhelmed? Cry out to God. Claim God’s promise. Confide in God.