Here’s Why It’s Okay To Feel In Over Your Head
There’s a famous poem called, “Footprints in the Sand.” It’s a great poem written by a lady named Mary Stevenson. In the poem she was lamenting to the Lord why there were only one set of footprints seen in the sand when it was the most difficult moments of her life. The Lord replied to her that the one set of footprints was when he carried her.
It’s a great poem, but there are times when we feel like we are walking alone. Have you ever felt that way? I know I have on an occasion or two. How should you respond when this happens? How do you keep moving when God seems to be absent? I always look towards the Bible for my answers.
Your path led me through the sea, your way through the mighty waters, though your footprints were not seen. You led your people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron.
Sometimes God leads us through places that are in over our heads. We don’t want to believe this is true, but you’ve probably been there before. If you’re like me, you hate hearing the phrase, “God will never put more on you than you can handle.” That’s baloney! If we could handle everything that came our way we wouldn’t need him. It’s a fact that we need him all the time. There’s plenty of people in the Bible that found themselves in situations like this. Here’s a few examples:
- How about Daniel being thrown into a lion’s den?
- How about Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego being thrown into a fiery furnace?
- How about Joseph being sold into slavery and ended up spending several years in jail being convicted of a crime he didn’t commit?
- How about David running from his life from the wicked King Saul who tried to kill him on several occasions?
- How about Paul and Silas being flogged and having to spend the night in jail for trying to tell people about Jesus?
- How about Jesus being crucified naked on a cross?
I could cite some more examples, but I’ll stop. When’s the last time any of this happened to you?
Being in a place of in over your head requires a dependence on God that can make us scared and leave us feeling overwhelmed. The good news is that he is leading us through it. He never leaves us there and nor does he leave us to fend for our own.
Sometimes we don’t see him, but we do see the evidence of him in our lives. Your survival is evidence of God’s hand on your life. If you’re breathing, then he’s not done with you yet!
Your survival is evidence of God’s hand on your life.
It’s hard to see the footprints of God. If you’ve ever been to the beach you leave footprints on the sand, but the waves that come crashing in washes them away. Sometimes the waves of life come crashing in and wash away our faith in God. We can’t let the crashing waves dictate our faith and trust in him. We must trust him even when we can’t see him in front of us. We must trust that he’s leading us.
If you’ve lost hope or trust in God, you need to get up again. Ask God to help you learn to trust him again. He’s waiting to carry you through the difficult times again. Call out to him today. He’s waiting for you.
Keep pressing on!
I'm a pastor, writer and serial encourager. I like to help people to grow in their relationship with God. I live outside of Atlanta, GA. I've written a book, Stubborn Faith: 30 Day Devotional Guide For New Growth. It's available for download on Amazon. Feel free to follow me on Twitter at @ericspeir