In John 10:10, Jesus stated that He had come so we could have life and have it abundantly. Of course, the words of Jesus are total truth, but there are time in which it seems I have life overwhelming rather than life abundantly. How about you?
Even at its best, life is unpredictable. We never know what unexpected circumstances will arise needing our attention. However, even when it is not great, life comes from God, and there are always aspects for which we can be thankful.
A Horrible Day
Often, we have one of those days that just seems off somehow. Nothing happened that we could not handle, but it just seemed that a few limits had been pushed. Some days, you and I can be out of sorts and not be sure of the cause. Jesus is still Lord even on those days. His grace is sufficient on those “off” days. Furthermore, He cares about those off days, and we are free to bring them to Him asking for grace.
Unfortunately, there are days that are just horrible no matter how you look at them. Various circumstances or events can be the cause. A bad report from a doctor, the death of a friend or loved one, the loss of a job, receiving divorce papers, or a variety of other negative events can change our lives in nearly a split second. Jesus is still Lord in these times and circumstances. He is in control. Of course, knowing He is in control can lead to questions. How can a loving God allow these things to happen?
No matter how overwhelming life becomes, we can still go to Jesus for healing and restoration. Even if the circumstances are not that horrible, we can still go to Him and allow Him to take our frustrations. There is nothing too big or too small for His care.
Dealing with the Overwhelming
There is no perfect, cut and dried answer that I can give you as to ways you can deal with life when it becomes too much. All I know is that I have learned in every circumstance to go directly to God in prayer. When I fail to do this, I usually end up taking matters into my own hands. As a result, a mess of my own making usually occurs.
When life is overwhelming and problems seem to come at you in droves, it can be tempting to take matters into your own hands. It can be tempting to make rash decisions that bring temporary relief. 1 Corinthians 10:13 reminds us that all temptations we face are common to other people. In other words, other people have been where you are. We are also reminded that God provides ways of escape through temptation. As a result, you can run to Him when you are tempted to allow daily life to awaken every negative emotion you possess.
If you have had an unusually horrible day, or, if you have simply had an irritating day, go to the Lord and ask Him to help you learn from the experience. If you are facing grief, find someone to talk with who can help you through the process. God gave other people to help carry our burdens. Ask those God has placed in your life for help, then, when the time comes, be willing to be of help to others.