“Overwhelmed is good when something good overwhelms something bad!”
By Debra Susan Bowman
Some days when I think of all that needs to be done I get totally overwhelmed and then I just want to quit. My to-do list was long: Anthony needed schools clothes, I needed to do housework and cleaning, I needed to promote my book, do laundry, get the car repaired and I have things to do in the office for Sam. Life can be overwhelming.
But let’s think for a minute of overwhelmed in a new way. Overwhelmed is good when love overwhelms loneliness. Overwhelmed is good when blessed overwhelms stressed. Overwhelmed is good when rest overwhelms the test. Overwhelmed is good when action overwhelms passivity, when joy overcomes depression, when forgiveness overwhelms brokenness. Being overwhelmed is always good when it produces faith, energy, the hope, the love to move on, to push through. Take time out this week to sit before God, to contemplate Him and his awesome promises, to be overwhelmed by His presence. Think of something you need to overcome this week and ask God how he would like to overcome that. Then write it down, think on it, pray over it and say it until victory comes. It is always a good thing to be overwhelmed with God!
I was working in the kitchen cleaning out the pots and pans area when Anthony came in and said, “Let me do that!” I knew he would love playing with the pots and pans, what little one doesn’t, but what five year old wants to help clean and organize? He went to work and cleaned and did a great job. I was overwhelmed by this small gesture. In his little hands I could see a God’s big hand at work and my overwhelmed seemed to shrink in this picture of His love.
The declaration of the Word: Isaiah 43:2
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you.”
Sam is a businessman, writer, entertainer, speaker, husband, father to six children, grandfather and great grandfather. Sam graduated from Huntington University with a B.A. in phychology and drama and pursued a degree in Broadcasting from Illinois Central College with graduate level studies at Christian Leadership University. Sam is the creator of Granpa Cratchet, one of the most successful touring shows in the history of the live events industry. Millions of people see Granpa every year all across the United States at fairs and festivals. His characters have appeared on every major network: Good Morning America, Entertainment Tonight, The Today Show (4 times). Sam and his characters have made over 500 local appearances and on all the major networks; NBC, CBS, ABC, ESPN, PBN, The LeSea Network, The PTL Network and Praise the Lord. They currently appear all around the world every week on YouTube and Facebook, and on several satellite networks via the Kidz Television Network and The Captain Hook (children's) Show.