A lot of pressure comes with being a woman of faith. There’s the pressure of wanting to live a life pleasing to God, the pressure of being surrounded by interested ungodly men, the pressure of friendships that aren’t always healthy, the pressure of motherhood no matter how weak you feel, the pressure of investing into romantic relationships, the pressure of remaining self motivated, the pressure to “have it all together”, and of course the pressure to look good while doing all of this.
Often we’ve wished, prayed, or cried for a ‘pause’ button/option for life. As though clocking out, taking a few months off from everything and everyone would leave us rejuvenated enough to handle everything we face. It seems comforting to consider the abdication of responsibility and ties to everything but yourself that you may silence this world long enough for your deep breaths to actually work.
Sometimes we may ask ourselves, “how long can I do nothing without looking unproductive?” I’m unsure when rest became labeled unproductive but we cannot continue to buy into that myth.
By the power of God; you can spend the last five minutes of prayer in gratefulness–for the things you complained about in the first five minutes of prayer. He reminds you that you’re frustrated with the portion you prayed for. That job, man, responsibility, home, or even test to strengthen your relationship come from God, not the world. We want and pray for so many things until we experience the cost.
Who knew the people of God could be so fickle?
One lesson to remember is that when we feel overwhelmed, we are likely venturing over into the jurisdiction of God. When I try to control events, people, and manipulate situations to have my way I feel stressed, forgotten, helpless, frustrated, and completely unsatisfied. When I pour out all these things to God, surrender, pray for hope, pray for peace, and decide to trust Him with the things I can’t do–I always at the very least experience a miracle in my own heart.
The situation may not change, that person may not change, my bank account can remain the same, but all the elements that brought on my discomfort shift when I let God’s perspective take over. When we face doubt, fear, insecurity etc. it can seem as if these negative things have set up camp. They’ve put stakes in the ground, thoughts cause restless nights, they make it difficult to enjoy happy moments, they block gratefulness every chance they get, they make you feel you’ve fallen too far to be qualified to pray about it, and they smother out the will to embrace the power you know you have within you to beat them.
When God’s light, God’s word, and revelation from heaven enter your heart, those things pack up their bags so fast. They’ve then encountered an authority so undeniable, so above them, that they must flee. No one can stand in the presence of the Creator and live unless He’s graced them to do so.
The Bible says perfect love casts out fear. Fear cannot stay where power overcomes it.
“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”
1 John 4:18 NIV