As the second week of my vacation is approaching an end, I have begun feeling overwhelmed about returning to work. I was hired to start a transition program at the high school where I teach. Starting something is a whole lot more work than working for something that is already established. On top of this, the Lord has lead me to start a Young Life Ministry in my district, which really takes an amazing amount of volunteers hours. Again, starting a ministry is a lot more work than stepping into an established one. I have begun to feel overwhelmed every morning when I first wake up, not even knowing where to start in on my mountain of responsibilities.
I began my quiet time with an anxiety level that was quickly feeling like panic! I opened my prayer journal and began praying through the scriptures written there. As I became more centered on truth, I felt the Holy Spirit whisper, “Don’t work harder; pray harder.”
Such a good reminder…What is needed for most of my students is a miracle, which I cannot provide for them. But every time I pray, my faith grows a little bit more, and a mature faith will move mountains and cause miracles:
“If you remain in me, and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish and it will be given to you.” (John 15:7)
So I have begun to pray for each and every need, both big and small. And already, my prayers are becoming bigger and bolder. Sometimes we have to start small, see God work, and gain momentum from our new found faith.