A bit overwhelmed?
December 12, 2011
by Rev. Lyndon Korhonen, Good Shepherd Ev. Free Lutheran Church, Cokato

It doesn’t happen very often to me, but the other day I became a bit overwhelmed with fix-it jobs with which I wasn’t having any success.

I started to feel like I was scratching against a brick wall, not making good use of my time. I found myself not looking forward to working on the current project, Josh’s four-wheeler. No matter what I tried, it still ran rich and seemed to foul the plug.

Why is it so hard to admit defeat, wave the white flag, and haul the four-wheeler to someone with more knowledge than me? But, oh, what a relief to have those problems that I can’t fix transferred to someone else’s mind and skill.

When I dropped off the four-wheeler to the mechanic, I told him what the problem was and what I had attempted to do to try to fix it. Oh, the pleasure of seeing him drive that four-wheeler off to his shop, knowing he understood what to do just from a few moments of listening.

So, what is overwhelming you in your life right now? Are you living in worry over a doctor’s report? Jesus wants to listen to you and relieve your stress.

Are you overcome with guilt over what you said to your relative the last time you were together? Ask Jesus to forgive you, and make a call to that relative. Jesus can replace guilt with peace.

Maybe you have a child that is wayward, and you need to pray with your pastor. You need to hear someone say to you, “Put this in God’s hands and move on.”

I believe God allows things into our lives that are too big for us so that we must run to Him or to other people whom He has placed around us to help us.

1 Peter 5:7 exhorts us, “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.”