You ever feel like life is overtaking you? Like there is just so much going on that you can’t tell if you’re coming or going. If you say no, then I don’t think you’re honest with yourself. I think at one time or another we have so many things piled on that it gets difficult to stay afloat. I certainly had one of those weeks this week as I began a new semester of school on top of increasing work demands. I found myself at a point where I was just spent. I stared at my computer screen last night to finish some work that was due for one of my classes and the mind was racing. When you get to that point, it definitely gets difficult to focus and get anything accomplished effectively. I was sitting in prayer this morning and called out to Jesus. I needed to reset myself. To get my life…my body, soul, and spirit realigned. I left the gym and came home and stopped again.
I share this because it helped me to remember that through all of life’s demands we need to trust in the Lord, knowing that Jesus is enough. I’m reminded of something I heard recently, which is that life is filled with a thousand distractions. Things that will try to pull you away from the heart of God and His call on your life. It can be so easy to let all of that just consume you and take you out. If you let it, the world will devour you and spit you back out into a heap of nothing with no sense of direction or purpose.
Bruce Larson stated that “On days when life is difficult and I feel overwhelmed, as I do fairly often, it helps to remember in my prayers that all God requires of me is to trust Him and be His friend. I find I can do that.” When we find that all just need to trust in God and follow His lead, there is a greater sense of peace to be found in that. Does that mean we will be able to get rid of all of these troubles? Absolutely not. While we live in this fallen world, we will continue to have these kinds of things happen.
Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 12 that to keep from exalting himself he “was given a thorn in the flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from becoming proud” (Vs7). In verse 9 he reminds that Jesus says “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” He goes on to say that “I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.”
This is important to remember. The grace we are given because of Jesus Christ is sufficient. We need to learn to let go of those moments of weakness. Those times when we just feel completely overwhelmed and unsure of our direction. Come back to the Lord and remember that Jesus + Nothing = Completion. He is enough. Troubles will come. It’s a part of this world.
Even Paul recognized he had to deal with this thorn of the flesh, whatever that was for him, particularly. Troubles come and troubles go. We won’t be without troubles in our life until we enter the Kingdom. With that as the case, it is important to remember that Jesus is enough. Trust Him through all of our troubles and pains. Whether small or big, trust Him. His grace is more than enough.
I am reminded this morning from The Sacred Romance by John Eldredge and Brent Curtis that we live in a larger story that is far beyond ours where God is the central character. He is the hero of the story that we live in and we belong to Him. Eldredge also wrote in Waking The Dead that, “When we are in the presence of God, removed from distractions, we are able hear Him more clearly, and a secure environment has been established for the young and broken placed in our heart to surface.” Walk in His presence and trust Him through it all. Trust in Him through the troubles and through all of the distractions. He is enough. Trust in God’s heart and His endless pursuit of ours. That’s eternal. That’s where life is found.
Trust in Him at all times, O people. Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. – Psalm 62:8