I am encouraged tonight by II Kings 6:16 where we are reminded “Don’t be afraid…Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” Here in Africa I am beginning to feel a little overwhelmed. The magnitude of the need here and the countless arms reaching for help make me wonder if anything I do here will ever matter. It is hard not to feel somewhat depressed by the violent oppression that so often ravages this continent. Yet, I am reminded by this passage that although I may be overwhelmed, I am not outnumbered.

Staring at the vast Syrian army, the man in this story also felt overwhelmed and that nothing he or anyone else could do would matter. When his spiritual eyes were opened, however, he saw that the power of God was greater than all of the violent oppression that the Syrians could inflict. I’m thankful for the reminder that God’s power is not only greater than my own weakness but also greater than all that oppresses East Africa. It is true that by myself I cannot change anything but I pray that God, through his power, might use me to help bring needed changed to this beautiful but needy part of the world.

Africa, Current Trip, Spirituality

5 thoughts on “Overwhelmed But Encouraged

  1. Luke 12:23-24. God showed me this verse when I was struggling with this. It was like God was right there telling me that they are His. God bless you Andy!

  2. Wow, such an important thing to keep at the forefront of our minds! Our strength is nothing but His grace, which is sufficient.

    First verse that popped into my head when I read this was Psalm 61:2 “From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”

    Prayers your way!

  3. Andy,

    This is a great post! I am encouraged by you seeing how big our God is. He is in control of everything and His plans are bigger and better than ours. My heart breaks for the pain and suffering these people go through but Gods plans for the generations to come we do not see and great things are happening through the midst of it all! Love you Andy!

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