Overwhelmed

Yesterday was a long day with a long drive. My uncle passed away this week and his funeral was yesterday. It was a long drive across the state. The funeral home soon filled up with family and friends we had not seen in a very long time. Isn’t that the way it always is? It seems the only time we get to see some of the people in our lives is at a time like this. Maybe it’s designed that way so we can have joy in the middle of our sorrow.

As I hugged and visited with cousins, aunts, uncles, and friends, I was overwhelmed by the love given for these who have lost their father and the love received from these who care so very much. Aside from the grief expressed with tears and tissues, these people love each other with an everlasting love. God was there in that room through the comfort given by those who have been comforted. He was there in every person who wept with those who were mourning… In every hug, every fond memory, every laugh at the memory of one of Uncle John’s jokes.

It was truly overwhelming… And I kept it together until we got in the car to go to the cemetery. I don’t grieve well. I woke up this morning with the song, Overwhelmed, playing on the iPod in my brain. I looked it up in the dictionary…

o·ver·whelm[ ṑvər wélm ]
overpower somebody emotionally: to affect somebody’s emotions in a complete or irresistible way
provide somebody with huge amount: to supply somebody with a very large or excessive amount of something

This fit perfectly. Yes, we were overcome emotionally, but also there was an abundance of love in that room yesterday. The love of my family for each other, and the love of God for all of us. Some of the words to Overwhelmed

I delight myself in You
In the Glory of Your Presence
I’m overwhelmed, I’m overwhelmed by You

God, I run into Your arms
Unashamed because of mercy
I’m overwhelmed, I’m overwhelmed by You

I’m thankful God was in that room yesterday. We always think of being overwhelmed as a bad thing or with a negative connotation. But I can’t think of anything more wonderful than being overwhelmed by the presence of God, by his grace and his mercy.

Click here to listen to Overwhelmed by Big Daddy Weave.

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