Where To Go When You're Overwhelmed

By: Woody Godbey

I’ve been asked the question more than once what to read or what words help when you’re going through a grieving time. Grieving can be brought on by many things but death seems to be at the top of the list. But there are many other things that causes us to grieve and feel overwhelmed.

From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
— Psalms 61:2

My answer to the question above is not what words help you but WHO can help you. When my heart is heavy I know where I need to turn. I need to turn to Jesus.

When we are burdened, when we are overwhelmed, we need to come to Jesus. When you think about it there really is nowhere else to go. Jesus did not say that when you are burdened or overwhelmed, you should go to counseling. He didn’t say you should just go read a religious book. He didn’t even say go to church or go hear a sermon, although these things are good. The answer is to go to Jesus.

Jesus said, "Come unto me, all ye that labor (who are weary) and are heavy laden (carry heavy burdens) and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28). Don’t miss what Jesus is saying here. The invitation simply was, "Come to Me” not "Come to My teachings," although it could include that. Nor did He say, "Make changes in your life and come to Me." It simply was, "Come to Me."

The psalmist declared, "From the ends of the earth, I cry to you for help when my heart is overwhelmed. Lead me to the towering rock of safety." (translation)

But that’s not what you’re going to hear from the flesh or the modern culture. Your own flesh and the world would say something like, "Well, if you can, just get that promotion. If you can, just get that house. If you can, just take that vacation. Then you will find rest." Materialism would say, "Build it up, and you will find rest." Pleasure mania would say, "Live it up, and you will find rest." Religion would say, "Keep it up, and you will find rest."

But Jesus says, "Come to Me, and you will find rest." It is not so much that we need words but we need the Living Word. When we are grieving, overwhelmed and under pressure, we need Jesus. Lord, I pray this will help some grieving soul today. God Bless!