We all have those moments where we feel like “OH MY GOODNESS, WHAT IS GOING ON?!” Then soon after that acknowledgement stage that issue might become so big in our minds that we have no idea what to do or how to fix it. Some of us might even dwell on it longer than we should, which then turns into stress and feeling overwhelmed, and “OH MY GOODNESS THIS IS THE END OF THE WORLD!” (for some of us who leaned toward the dramatic side).
Shockingly, science has proven that stressors actually have their benefits for our body. Releasing hormones like adrenaline, dopamine, and cortisol, stressors play an important role in increasing our ability, and it enhances our function so that we can grow to meet the seemingly overwhelming demands we face in life. Increase in these hormones gives us the ability to have increased energy, increased focus, increased awareness, and they even increase our immunity to hurt, harm and danger in our immune system, making us stronger and more resilient. Can you believe that? Stress isn’t out to destroy our lives!
As you can imagine, these same benefits of stressors can apply in our personal walk with Christ. The scripture tells us that, God has a plan for our lives, He has an expected end already waiting for us to reach (Jeremiah 29:11). We can only get there through God’s grace and through trust that He will actually do it. Because let’s be real, He has some pretty BIG expected ends for a lot of us. It has got to be Jesus who helps us, or else it won’t get done. When things arise in our life that repeatedly get us to feel overwhelmed, that could be a sign that God is trying to show us the areas in our lives where He wants us to trust Him more. If we don’t get used to trusting God in the little things in our lives, He won’t be able to entrust to us the big things He has planned for us. The goal of this article is to give some helpful tools I’m learning for overcoming stress and turning stress into a helpful push toward a deeper level of trust in God, and toward the God-given destiny He has designed for you!
- If He Called You to it, He Will Get You Through it
Jesus Himself tells us that His yoke is easy, and His burden is light (Matthew 11:30). Since we know that the scripture is the infallible truth, if we are feeling overwhelmed by the things that God has told us to do there might be a discrepancy between this truth and what we are doing with that truth. Since this article is about trusting God more, a good strategy I’m learning to adapt to the stressors in my life is to believe that if God called me to it, He will see me through it. It is His work to complete through me, so He will equip me along the way with literally everything I will need to overcome and be victorious on His mission.
- Stressors are Places for Growth
As mentioned earlier, stressors have positive benefits for our body. These positive benefits are literally enabling us to get work done. Look at that! Historically, the problem for a lot of us, myself included, might come in when we pass that acknowledgement stage and enter into the dwelling stage. The stage where we focus on all of our inabilities to do whatever is causing us to be overwhelmed, and decrease our ability to get stuff done. It may not be God’s design for us to be overwhelmed, but He does want to get the glory when we turn our attention from all of our inability toward His ability. Once the productivity goes down, we should take a step back to refocus our attention on God and realize that He is trying to get us to lean on His strength in the overwhelming situation. Once we lean on His strength, we can access the positive benefits of being pushed past our limits.
For this area, one thing I’m trying to be consistent in implementing and that I want to share with you all, is remembering who God is and believing it. It seems so simple, but we can literally do all things through Christ who strengthens us, His strength is made perfect in our weakness, God is the beginning and the end, He can do miracles, faith pleases God, He will direct our paths if we acknowledge Him. God can do anything, He created the whole universe! (Phil 4:13; 2 Cor. 12:9; Rev 22:13; Ps 77:14; Heb 11:6; Prov 3:6; Gen 1:1)
I hope these two strategies were helpful. In no time you’ll be on your way toward becoming the person God called you to be without becoming overwhelmed! Next time something comes in your life to stress you out, I challenge you to look at it as just another thing to increase your faith and to trust in God. You can only win!