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When Life Feels Overwhelming

By Barbara Rainey

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Drowning was my greatest childhood fear. Because of my lifelong battle with asthma, I easily imagined the panic of being overwhelmed by water, fighting for a breath.

In June of 2008, our granddaughter Molly was born. On her birth day, her parents were told she wouldn’t live. The shock was like being swept off their feet by a tsunami. They and everyone in both extended families felt as if we were drowning.

The desperate desire to do something to save Molly was like frantically swimming to stay afloat amidst jagged debris swirling in murky dark water. Unable to make sense of the medical terms and the reality before us, we clung with desperation to the sure Rock of our salvation. As Isaiah 43:2 tells us, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you” (Isaiah 43:2).  

These solid, unalterable words of God assure us that He will be with us even when we feel we are drowning in sorrow, pain, or grief. 

This statue of Jesus, Christ of the Abyss, secured to the sea floor of the Mediterranean Sea, has always been a visual comfort to me. It reminds me of these words: “… if I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me,” (Psalm 139:9).  When we feel we are sinking, even in the midst of an overwhelming ocean of trials, tribulations or losses, He is present, always present and waiting with open arms.

Will you reach out to Him?

God knows we are often afraid, scaredy-cats at heart, so He lovingly tells us—more than 100 times—that He will not leave us. Do His repeated promises help you know He means it?

Hard places in life aren’t always life threatening. Relationships of all kinds are hard, too. Are you remembering that Jesus is with you in the middle of those, too?

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