Do you ever feel overwhelmed from just thinking? Ironic isn’t it, we aren’t even doing anything yet, but our thoughts are exhausting! I could understand if we were running from meeting to meeting, hearing complaints of others, trying to decide between conflicting priorities, and meeting unreasonable deadlines (which is probably a typical day for most of us!); but I am talking about when we are just THINKING and our thoughts give us anxiety and stress causing us to feel completely overwhelmed.
If I am honest, sometimes I can’t even sort through my own thoughts because they feel cluttered in my mind. So many considerations, so many demands, so many decisions are overwhelming. Each one feeling like it has its own yin and yang. And this balancing act of seemingly opposite or contrary thoughts (which may actually be complementary and interconnected or interdependent); makes me feel anxious. Do you know what I am talking about? Am I the only one who feels this?
How do I manage these moments of anxiety when I feel overwhelmed?
I look to the word of God. I have learned to be still so God can move. Being still, means that we quiet our minds (also, remember that God is not the author of confusion). I sometimes can hear the voice of Jesus in a whisper saying… shhh peace be still, and my heart immediately settles. I have learned that to first clear my mind; I need to stop thinking on things that trouble me and I tune in on the voice of God (instead of my own voice). In this clear state of mind, there is no anxiety; in this, there is a calm, confiding, trustful state of mind in view of God’s divine presence and power. When our minds are calm, we can see God more clearly and we can hear His voice. I know that as long as I follow Him, I will be okay because His will is perfect.
Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. Psalms 46:10