OVERWHELMED

Everywhere you go, whether it be a church, a family gathering, an election booth a grocery store, it seems a huge black cloud is hanging over us. The every day events of living have lost their joy. Faces are hidden by masks so we can’t even read what’s going on behind them. Gloom and doom. Death and destruction. Hatred, crime, “peaceful demonstrations,” looting, murders, beheadings, slander, illicit business dealings and on and on and on. The world is an ugly place.

Sometimes we simply must escape from the madness of all of it. Last night as we sat to relax in front of the TV, we were bombarded with political ads up the kazoo, so decided to retreat to YouTube for a diversion. We chose to watch a documentary on Andrew Jackson, military leader and seventh president of the United States. He served for two terms and his claim to fame was bringing the common man into the political arena.

As the story unfolded, this man became known as the recipient of political slander, misunderstanding and for his unfair treatment of slaves and Native Americans. He was a self-made man who pulled himself up by his bootstraps, overcame the loss of his family, fell in love with and eloped with a married woman, was the subject of great criticism and thought to be unfit for political office. In a way, in our attempt to retreat from the current political rhetoric, we were placing ourselves in the middle of more of the same. I looked at my husband and we laughed to realize you simply can’t escape some of the madness.

This year is taking the brunt of all our misery so far. 2020 has already been basically written off by most people as one they want to forget, but who knows what lies ahead? Will it be more of the same – a failed economy – loss of jobs – death – wars – pestilence – terrorism? We certainly have had our share of obstacles to overcome, but if we dwell on those obstacles instead of looking at them as opportunities, we’re not only giving up – we’re giving in to the negativity that’s currently feeding our nation.

When we realize that we have no control over the things that we fear the most and turn it over to the only One who can make things right, we will get back on track. There is so much of the unknown right now, but we can be sure of God’s protection, His promises and His love. He never changes. He is God. Even when we’re overwhelmed, He will provide a solution. We simply need to stop dwelling on the bad and look for the good things that will come from this. We need to be still and know that He is God.

“Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength.”

Charles Spurgeon

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As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on Amazon.com.
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14 Responses to OVERWHELMED

  1. ken riddles says:

    True post – We share your experience – let’s look up for our redemption draws near. 😎

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  2. Andrew Jackson, along with John Adams (and of course Reagan) are my favorite presidents.
    No president is perfect, they rule their time’s government as best they think—
    I had even turning on the television due to all the political ads—each attacking one another..
    And I wonder, Wednesday won’t be much better

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  3. Salvageable says:

    Well said. And it helps to remember that our nation has had stressful times before. J.

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  4. We have gotten caught up in “Midsomer Murders” on BritBox using Amazon Prime. It’s a murder mystery, but the British actors are great. Each episode is approximately 90 minutes long. There are so many possible suspects that you rarely can figure out “whodunit” until the last couple of minutes.

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