The Wellspring of Life
To say that I feel overwhelmed would be an understatement. It is remarkable, and some-what cruel, the way a heart can feel so many things at once.
“Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” (Proverbs 4:23)
My husband has been gone all week on business and is returning today, I will be glad for him to be home (happy). Today is also my favorite grandpa’s birthday, he passed away last fall and I still can’t believe he is gone (sad). Tomorrow is one of my dearest friend’s birthdays, and I am beyond grateful to be a part of her life (thankful). Mother’s Day is coming up, and it just reminds me how much I miss my mom (distressing). In a couple of weeks my husband and I are taking some much needed vacation time, I am more than ready to get away for a while (exciting). I feel the need to be doing something more in life, some work that impacts the world (anxious). This morning I put on an old pair of jeans that I haven’t been able to wear in years (encouraging).
And those are just to name a few! From the important to unimportant things in life, I feel an enormous mass of sensitivity. I wonder, do men even experience this many emotions? Either way, I am reminded how important it is to guard your heart. But the better question is, how do you do that?
For me the answer put simply is this: allow God to rule your heart and mind. Happiness and sorrow will come and go, or sometimes be present all at once, but it is possible to find peace in the midst of whatever overwhelming emotion you may experience.
“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7)
So if you find yourself feeling overwhelmed this weekend, take a minute to seek peace. It can be found, you just have to know where to look.