"Hear my cry, O God; Attend to my prayer. From the end of the earth I will cry to You, When my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For You have been a shelter for me, A strong tower from the enemy. I will abide in Your tabernacle forever; I will trust in the shelter of Your wings."
It is no secret that humans struggle. We all have bad days. We all make mistakes. We all find ourselves in situations that are overwhelming and exhausting. Phrases like "the straw that broke the camel's back," and "could things get any worse," and "I just can't deal" are common thoughts for most people. When we stop to look at the world around us, it's no wonder we are plagued with exasperation and fatigue. Lives are busier than ever: both adults in a home working in an attempt to get ahead, children starting school and extracurricular activities earlier than ever, houses to clean, meals to cook, homework to do, jobs whose demands follow us home. Add this in with exercise routines, social schedules, and the need for personal time, and we quickly find that we are lacking room for one very important detail: rest.
All of this chaos creates weariness, discouragement, and stress. We get so caught up in cycles of hurried living, going through the motions, and checking off to-do lists that we become tired, angry, and bitter. We find ourselves overwhelmed with emotions of self-pity and resentment, and before long, we are ready to just throw in the towel, give it all up, and hide under our covers for the rest of our lives. Unfortunately, we know we can't do that even though we would really, really like to, so the cycle continues. We wake up (probably late,) drag ourselves out of bed (probably grumbling the entire time,) get ready (probably detesting everything about ourselves along the way,) and start a new day (probably with the mindset that there is nothing at all new about this horrible, awful day.)
How do we break the cycle?
Go to God. Make time to rest in Him.
When our hearts, minds, emotions, and lives are so consumed with the stress of this world, there is no place for the Prince of Peace. In order to break the chains that keep us linked to bitterness and self-pity, we must take a time-out from the things of this world. We must renew our minds and our hearts in the presence of our Heavenly Father. Psalm 61 tells us that God is our shelter and our strong tower. He is our help; He is our safety; He is our comfort. When we struggle, we do not have to deal with it alone. God gives us strength and helps us keep our thoughts in perspective. Just as we make time to cook and clean and exercise, we must also make time to fellowship with the King of Kings. He alone holds the power to calm the storm. Do not be afraid to go to Him; do not think you must carry the weight of the world on your own. Run to your Father's tabernacle, and rest in the shadow of His wing.