Keep Calm and Read a Psalm 61:2-4:
“From the end of the earth I will cry to You,
When my heart is overwhelmed;
Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
For You have been a shelter for me,
A strong tower from the enemy.
I will abide in Your tabernacle forever;
I will trust in the shelter of Your wings. Selah.”
Ain’t nobody got time fo’ college!
This semester, I have 19 credits (including Greek and Essential Science), help teach a class, am a leader of an outreach, help out in another outreach, minister at my church, work as a custodian, am an officer in my society, am a blogger (did you notice?), and best of all (and perhaps the one bright spot) have the most incredible girlfriend! On top of this, on Mondays and Wednesdays, I have six classes in a row starting at eight—the only break I get is the small twenty-ish minutes between chapel and noon. Just enough time to inhale some chicken nuggets and rush off to Greek with a mouthful of granola. Oh the joys of college!
All of this amounts to being very, very, very, very…busy. Ah, there it is. The dreaded word! Don’t even mention it!
A woman from another country came to America and kept hearing people say to each other, “I’m busy.” She assumed that they were introducing themselves. And so when people asked her for her name, she would say, “I’m Busy.” I guess it’s just a part of our culture.
You ever have one of those days where you literally don’t have time to update your status about how busy you are? #ridiculous
You’re overwhelmed. And that word is used here in Psalm 61. In Hebrew, it has the idea of covering something. As if you’re being smothered and inundated by a tidal wave. Like you’re being bent over backwards by the force of the gale. That’s how our days tend to be—time rushes at us at a hundred miles an hour, and we try to hang on with white knuckles and the Starbucks app.
“Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” Higher than I could ever reach on my own. A secure place, far above the stress of hundred-mile-an-hour days. Ah, that’s sounds like paradise! “A shelter…a strong tower…Your tabernacle…the shelter of Your wings.” Sounds fantastic! Book the next flight to that place, Lord! I hate to break it to you—but that place of serenity in the Savior is just as overwhelming as the rest of life. But in a different way…
The Psalmist keeps describing the glories of God’s presence, of His provision, of His goodness. He’s just overwhelmed—overwhelmed by all that God is! He wants to dwell in His tabernacle forever, just standing in awe of His amazing God.
This thought could change your life. Everyone is overwhelmed right now. There’s no escaping it. But there are two choices: be overwhelmed by your crazy life.
Or be overwhelmed by your compassionate Lord.
Life may not be so great. But God is. You may have negative two hours to get your project done, but God stands outside of time. You may be facing a schedule as full as your coffee mug, but God is full of grace. He is a shelter. A tower. Impenetrable. His wings can shield you from the craziest of schedules. The rock He’ll lead you to is high above the cares of life—high enough so that you can have an unclouded view of His immense glory.
You may feel like you’re at the end of the earth right now—or rather, the end of your rope. It’s there that you have two clear choices.
Be overwhelmed by your schedule.
Or be overwhelmed by your Savior.
-Matthew W., SC