Work is crushingly busy right now. So is life. Things get that way sometimes. I think it’s part of the human condition.
I know I’m not alone in this. There’s a lot of us who have visions of what we want to do – but get overwhelmed by the day to day stuff. To have wave after wave of emergencies, problems, (and opportunities) hit one after another. It seems that as hard as I work, the next wave of stuff waiting to crash on top of me. Sound familiar?
Our faith is no different.
It can be very hard to see the big picture. Life has a way of becoming so overwhelming because we see a moment-by-moment view. Imagine yourself swimming in the ocean. As you strength starts to wane your vision is filled with wave after wave. Each time a wave crashes over you, you lose a little bit of energy. A little bit of momentum. And pretty soon we stop looking for the shore at all. Because no matter where the shore is, all we care about is making it through the next wave.
I wrote this a few months ago.
Here is my challenge to you – take a week away from the news. Don’t worry about swine flu, politics, the economy or anything else. Focus on God and see what he wants for your life. Focus on breaking out of the lies the world tells you. And then a week from now tell me what you experienced. My guess is you actually felt a little hopeful and a little optimistic. You’ll see that there’s more to this world than just a scientific approach (this comes from someone who spends much of his time studying science).
My guess is you’ll start to see through the cracks and you’ll realize that you don’t have to go along with what the world says. You don’t have to let it dictate your behavior or your choices. You have the option to choose freedom. To choose life. Don’t let the thief give you lies in place of truth.
I never got around to publishing it.
I find it interesting that all of those things seem not as significant as they once did. It’s hard to remember the panic people felt with Swine Flu. (Or the constant media stories about how we were all going to die.) People were saying Obama would change the direction of the country forever, now they are saying he might not get any major legislation passed. I personally struggled through nearly a year of unemployment (now I’m employed, which of course makes it harder to write posts on R3!). And the list goes on and on.
Wave after wave of information comes pounding through our lives. It’s no wonder we feel tired and worn out. Yet through all of this God has that big picture view that we lack. He can see over the waves. He knows where the shore is.
Sometimes I wonder how God can help me overcome the problems in my life. Yet he has overcome far greater challenges than swine flu or the economy. He rose from the dead for cryin’ out loud!
This is why our faith is so important. Our faith gives us something to hold onto when things seem overwhelming. Faith isn’t a weakness, it’s a strength. No one says, “I don’t want a life preserver – it’s just a crutch. I much prefer struggling in the waves on my own.” We recognize what it is – something that helps us overcome obstacles we couldn’t by ourselves.
When life seems overwhelming remember that to God our waves are nothing more than a wading pool. And that all we need to do is reach out and take his hand, and we too can see the shore.
Faith puts things into perspective.