The Scriptures tells us what to do when we are overwhelmed by circumstances that we face in life. It is by faith that we believe in the word of God, so that it will illuminate in our spirits. We are transformed by the renewing of the mind, when we replace negative thoughts with the word of God.

I was once given a plaque that read in part, “From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” Psalm 61:2. I often look up at the plaque on my wall and read those words to receive encouragement in my spirit when I feel a little down. The Scriptures go on to say, “For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy. I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings.” Selah. Psalm 61:3-4.

When we somehow lose our footing and find ourselves in a place of uncertainty or feeling spiritually imbalanced, it can be overwhelming. When we are in a good place both physically and spiritually, we often think or feel that we have our bearings, we have a grip.

I have experienced feeling that I was on point so to speak as far as my stability both spiritually and physically. Then one day I received some unsettling news that caused me to feel down pressed, but I used my spiritual keys to stay afloat. Shortly afterward, I was informed of more disheartening news that shook my soul, but I found spiritual keys to stay afloat.

Although I chose to use ministry from God and Scriptures to speak life and consolation over the direct charge that came from receiving the news, there was an indirect charge that each situation brought that affected my person. Sometimes things affect us to a degree in which it is too deep to touch. We just feel more than we can explain. This is being overwhelmed by a circumstance or circumstances. And we often wonder how we got to such a place because we think that we have it all together. One of my favorite sayings is, “Experience is the best teacher.”

What do we do when we find ourselves in the unknown that has evolved as subtle as the day? How do we transition from such a place? I found myself during this time in what seemed like limbo. I wondered within myself how did this happen and how do I go back out there on that limb of faith and keep walking. I had not chosen to not walk out my faith, but my disposition had been challenged in such a way that I had to find my way to walk in greatness again.

I began to meditate on the things that God had spoken to me. I needed those words to drop into my spirit again. His spirit gives me life. The Scriptures tell us, “And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him through he be not far from every one of us: For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.” Acts 17:26-28.

There is hope when one feels overwhelmed that comes from God alone. We must remain faithful and trust in his word. To walk in this blesseth assurance begins by the word of faith. “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Roman 10:9-10. May many all over the world have a receptive heart to the will of God and are encouraged to continue to walk out their faith in Jesus Christ. This is the rhythm of the gospel character and the sound of the word of God exemplified in your life.

Pamela Young is a native of Goldsboro, a 1990 graduate of Goldsboro High School and author of two books. Share your thoughts with Pamela at breathofapoet@yahoo.com