As many know, I have spent the last two Saturdays at Festivals with "Jodi's Jewels". My last one is this week. Anyway, the first one was a 2-day and it Rained and POURED and the wind blew and the weather did not cooperate, at all! On the second day, when I knew that it was probably going to rain all day, I was getting ready to go and this song came to my mind.....I started thinking that I was currently overwhelmed, not in a good way. I started to sing and ask God to let me be overwhelmed by HIM. It still rained ALL day, but God was good to me and I still managed to have some good sales.
Yesterday, I was again overwhelmed, but in yet another way. My nearly 14 month process for disability ended with APPROVAL After no income for almost18 months and one denial under my belt, I received this news and I almost couldn't believe it!! Rest assured the process is by no means complete, but there is a glorious light at the end of the tunnel!! As you can imagine, several times during this journey, I have been overwhelmed. Overwhelmed by fear, depression, anxiety, pain, but also by God's peace and protection and the reminder that I was still His child and that he was holding me in His hand.
I could tell you that I have "remained faithful" and "NEVER" felt alone, but I would be lying. I am only human and all the human fears that come when you have NO MONEY to pay bills, and have no idea what will happen next, have been sent by the enemy and sometimes in the strangest ways. What I can tell you is that GOD was ALWAYS FAITHFUL....ALWAYS. Even when I was scared and didn't know what would happen next, He was always there. He held me when I was scared and comforted when I was frustrated. He forgave me when I didn't trust him like I should. I was many times overwhelmed by circumstances, but God's presence and peace, his love and forgiveness were far more overwhelming!
This morning during my quiet time, I thought about something else. Yes, financially, my burden has been incredibly eased. Physically, I do and will still struggle with pain and life changes that I wasn't ready for. You know what? The same overwhelming questions, fears, etc that will still come, will be nothing for my Heavenly Father. I have trusted him and He has never let me down.
Everyone faces something. Sometimes we think we are the only one who has to face problems. We are not! God rains on the just and the unjust, the righteous and the unrighteous. He is no respecter of persons. The flip side of that, He is there for EVERYONE who will call upon him name. What a precious promise!!!
Please watch this video and remember who God is - He is overwhelming!!!