Thursday, 19 March 2009


Certainly the word has negative connotations. We feel overwhelmed when we have more than we can cope with.
The Bible refers to people being overwhelmed:

with sorrow – when Jesus was struggling in the garden of Gethsemane, for example;

with terror - I, Daniel, was the only one who saw the vision; the men with me did not see it, but such terror overwhelmed them that they fled and hid themselves. (Daniel 10:7).

The list goes on: guilt, dread, destruction, horror… and wherever people are confronted with God’s glory and power.

But it is not all doom and gloom. People were also overwhelmed:

with wonder - As soon as all the people saw Jesus, they were overwhelmed with wonder and ran to greet him. (Mark 9:15);

with amazement - People were overwhelmed with amazement. "He has done everything well," they said. "He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak." (Mark 7:37)

It certainly puts all my ‘overwhelmings’ into perspective!

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