“But now thus says the Lord,
he who created you, O Jacob,
he who formed you, O Israel:
Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume you.” Isaiah 43:1-2
Have you ever felt like you were in over your head and in deep and not sure anyone was out there?
Lately I’ve been thinking about Moses. Not Moses as the adult, speaking truth to power Moses, but Moses as a baby bundled up and hidden in the bulrushes. With his sister watching nearby, Moses was in the weed. Bulrushes, reeds, call it what you will, but at the end of the day, it was as if Moses was in the weeds. As his sister watched to make sure he was safe, she remained watchful from a distance, and it wasn’t until Pharaoh’s daughter noticed that something was out of place and heard a cry that she responded and worked to make sure his needs were met and cared for. It wasn’t until that moment that someone noticed and looked in the weeds to see what was going on, that there was a response and Moses was nurtured, cared for, given shelter and a safe place to grow and become the Moses that comes to mind when we think of Moses. To that point, Moses was in the weeds.
The phrase “In the weeds” is often used in the restaurant industry when waitstaff finds themselves inundated with customers, falling behind and feeling overwhelmed.
Cambridge Dictionary defines the phrase ‘In the Weeds’ as being:
- with so many problems or so much work that you are finding it difficult to deal with something
- concerned with small details, often when this prevents you from understanding what is important
Now, I know Moses wasn’t in the weeds as described, but it often feels like there are times when we all feel overwhelmed, exhausted, and waiting to see the light at the end of the tunnel and we quickly become emotional, irritable, or express another emotion.
When we find ourselves in the weeds and inundated with things we never thought we would be inundated with. We wonder how we should respond, if we should let someone know, or we just hunker down and try to make it through on our own. Some of us are in the weeds. Some of us are afraid to cry out and admit that we’re in the weeds. And some us are looking away, so we don’t hear or see anyone in the weeds.
I wonder where you find yourself these days? Are you feeling like you’re in the weeds? Overwhelmed and lost? Are you feeling alright, but there are people in your life and around you that are possibly in the weeds?
It seems to me that right now, when we are in a time of waiting and wondering what will happen, we can continue to share in ministry together, we can continue to love our neighbor with no exceptions as we share God’s love, even if it’s from a distance for right now. We can continue to care for one another.
So what does this look like? What does it look like to be mindful of one another as we, at some point and time in our lives, find ourselves in the weeds?
Today, things are appearing to come to a screeching halt, how can you encourage someone who might be feeling overwhelmed?
Pray for the person that comes to mind and then send them a note in the mail, give them a phone call and let them know you are thinking about them and just wanted to encourage them, remind them they are loved by God and you and that they are not alone.
If you are someone who is feeling in the weeds, please know it is ok and you are not alone. Give me a call, I am able to listen and pray with you over the phone.
May the grace of Christ which daily renews us, and the love of God, which enables us to love all, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, which unites us in one body, make us eager to obey the will of God until we meet again, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. (2 Corinthians 13:13)
 Cambridge Dictionary, online