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Feeling overwhelmed
Pastor Matt Ewart
by Pastor Matt Ewart
February 10, 2022

Life can be overwhelming sometimes.

Several years ago, one of my lovely kids accidentally spilled a stinky, dead snail down the back seat of our minivan. It went right down the cracks of the seat. And it was horribly disgusting. When I arrived on the scene and assessed the situation, I came up with the perfect solution: “Let’s just sell the van and buy a new one.” If only that were an option.

Part of life is that you have to deal with situations where you feel overwhelmed. It’s normal. Feeling overwhelmed is your cue that there’s something you can’t do.

Jesus felt overwhelmed too. It was the evening before his death when he was with his disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane. Crucifixion was on his mind when he shared this with his disciples: “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death” (Matthew 26:38).

There was something that not even Jesus could handle, and that was the weight of your sin. That weight would literally overwhelm him to death. The sentence of death was carried out on him so that it would not hang over you. He was overwhelmed much more than you will ever be.

I share this not to minimize the things that make you feel overwhelmed. I share it because Jesus understands what it feels like.

Something might leave you feeling overwhelmed today. When it does, share it with your Savior. The burden of being overwhelmed is not something you have to carry alone.

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