Overwhelmed and Anxious
Today at work, I experienced the power of prayer. I became extremely overwhelmed. I was so overwhelmed to the point of getting very anxious. On Friday when I left work I was up to my ears in tasks to complete. Then I was off Monday. Walking into the office this morning with 70+ emails staring at me, I nearly lost it. My heartbeat was quickened and I felt sick to my stomach.
I reached out to a friend who offered some words of wisdom. I told her that I was manic and wanted to do everything at the same time. We both got a big laugh out of that since that would be totally impossible to do.
The “LOL” only lasted a brief amount of time. That was not enough. I needed Someone more powerful on my side. I prayed “Lord help me not to be so overwhelmed. Help me to focus on one task at a time. Walk me through this anxiety.”
The best feeling in the world, I believe, is the presence of God. Time and time again when I have needed comforting, help, a listening ear or a shoulder to cry on, my Heavenly Father was always there.
Today, God chose to ease up my anxiety. I still felt overwhelmed throughout the day, but I felt His presence stronger still. He gave me the focus to whittle down my email from 70 to under 10. I was also able to accomplish tasks from last week and this week. I was on fire – fire from the Holy Spirit from within me.
This demonstration of God’s love is just more proof of His interest in my life and His love, power and grace. He doesn’t want to see me suffer. God might not take the pain away. Instead He will walk beside you every step of the way.
I am so glad I reached out to Jehovah Jireh (the God who provides). If I had not gone to Him, I would be staring at my computer in a daze not able to move or do any of my work. It would have felt like I was walking through concrete.
Do you have experience of God being your Jehovah Jireh? I would love to hear about it. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.