Restless Revelations

It’s a little bit after four in the morning and I’m resting at my other favorite place in the house—the computer. For some reason, other than me knowing it’s the Lord just wanting to chat a bit, I’ve been waking up around this time every morning for the last week and half or so. Instead of forcing myself to sleep after a brief prayer session, I moved upon an unction to head over to the laptop. I sat there for a few minutes trying to decide what to do—book work, site work, proofreading, etc…but nothing came right away.

Then suddenly, because that’s how it always happens, right? Smile A small verse from a part a psalm I love came to mind:

…when my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

Of course I immediately turned to it to review it in context. Upon doing so, I found my reason for being up.

61 Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer.2 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.3 For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.4 I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah.5 For thou, O God, hast heard my vows: thou hast given me the heritage of those that fear thy name…

Lately my mind has been stretched in a what feels like a million directions. I’ve been at the grind with so many tasks—family and business, that I hadn’t realized my progress had actually began to slow. I’ve been kind of perplexed for a few weeks wondering why does it feel like I’m hitting a brick wall when I haven’t stop moving. Why am I not seeing the progress I originally envisioned? Why does it feel like my gears are grinding and not shifting swiftly in the right direction? It’s simple. I’m overwhelmed. Yep! Here’s my right hand and I’m swearing in. My name is, well, you already know, and I’m overwhelmed. Sometimes you just have to admit it. Admission is the first step in the recovery process.

What does being overwhelmed mean? The overwhelming of our hearts could be a cadre of things from physical and mental exhaustion, past hurts, present hurts, past and present disappointments, broken promises, and sometimes even waiting. Whatever the stress or stressors, those things act as false anchors. They tie you down in the wrong position when God is trying to draw you further out to anchor you into a more secure destiny.

I began to search my heart this morning and the first thing I thought to do was to forgive and release. Sounds strange, but it’s true. I’ve been rehearsing while rowing. What I mean by that is, while I’ve been pressing so hard to push onward and upward, I’ve not only been focused on present stressors but past voices and experiences. These things are fear-based counterfeit attachments that pop up to affix themselves to your progress, weigh you down, and drown your destiny.

This morning, I called them by name and let them go. I’m encouraging you to do the same thing. Detach yourself from the unnecessary weights that have zero to do with where God is trying to take you. Call them what they are, put a face on them through confession, and give them the boot. In short, cast your cares upon the Lord this morning because He cares for you. For now, goodnight or good morning. I’ve got to get some sleep.

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