Feeling overwhelmed isn't always a side effect from a bad experience.
I can feel overwhelmed by good exhaustion too.
Ask any new mother after a nine month pregnancy and a long and physically demanding labour whether she is relaxed or overwhelmed. Holding a precious new life in her arms she is truly overwhelmed, but in the most miraculous and beautiful of ways.
Overwhelmed is better described as a time when we've hit the wall, when we've done or experienced as much as we can handle and our minds, bodies or emotions have arrived at the entrance gate to the Exhaustion Recovery Spa.
But how often do we open that gate and collapse inside for essential time out, rest, refreshment and recovery? Not often enough I imagine.
Last Sunday I was wonderfully exhausted, overwhelmed and emotional after a 14 year reconciliation and a week of intense bonding with a daughter. Over that same week I'd also juggled my business and the needed routine of normal home duties and relationships and I was managing very well you see because I've always run naturally on an overload of adrenaline, so each new day was greeted with gusto and delight and unbounded energy until my beautiful girl and her wee one hugged us goodbye and flew south to their own home.
That's when I realised all my get up and go had got up and gone.
I quite simply fell in a heap on the bed and could not move because there was no adrenaline left in my tank.
It takes me a while to regain momentum after an extended emotional and/or physical experience and my dear husband knows it well, so taking control he sat me in the Jeep last Sunday morn and drove us north to Toolakea Beach where we walked, sat, dreamed, and rested.
There were only a handful of others along the vast expanse of ocean meeting shore, the breeze was cool, and the air silent...
Rest is a non-negotiable requirement for all our lives - body, mind and spirit.
Father God made that abundantly clear when He himself sat back on the seventh day and rested, surveying His handiwork and declaring it good.
There's no medal to be awarded if we plough on and on week after week without rest, but there is the loss of refreshment and reflection and recovery. Don't you think it sad when too often we rob ourselves of such a heavenly gift?
The Lord looked over His creation as He rested and that's why Mr E and I choose to spend every Sunday morning in nature, drinking in the beauty, the majesty, the wonder of it all...
...and as the hours pass while we ponder this gift before us, exhaustion lifts and drifts away, and peace is restored.
Just as He promised.
So whether you've had a week of trial or joy, trust Him and make your seventh day of rest a new priority.
After all, Father knows best and His best for us is always within reach.
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