And climbing out of the boat, Peter started walking on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the strength of the wind, he was afraid. And beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately, Jesus reached out His hand, caught hold of him, and said to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” When they got into the boat, the wind ceased. –Matthew 14:29-32
Last semester was the roughest semester I have ever had. I don’t know why I thought it was a brilliant idea to take nineteen hours, but it was the worst decision I ever made. I was so overcome by stress and anxiety that it affected all other aspects of my life. I was emotional. I had a critical spirit. I was so angry and resentful all the time. For the last two months of the semester, I was going full speed and non-stop that I thought I wasn’t going to last. I was drowning in a mountain of stress. All of this, resulted in a mental breakdown one night the week before finals week when I called my mom, bawling my eyes out, “Mom, I can’t do this anymore! I can’t do this anymore!”
Everyone has moments when they feel like they’re drowning. Whether it is the feeling of stress, the heartache of a lost loved one, or the burden and struggle of sin, everyone has a moment in their lives where the waves are too big around them and they cannot make it. The amazing thing is that Jesus refuses to leave us that way. If we call out to him, he will save us, and he will calm the turbulent waters.
In the midst of me being way over my head last semester, I learned to turn to Scripture to bring me comfort. Even in the midst of drowning, we can find comfort from God’s Word. Below are a few passages that brought me the most comfort and peace. These are the passages I looked to every time I was burnt out from another assignment, but forced to do it anyway. These are the passages I repeated over and over again to myself the day I had papers up to my neck and six finals in two days. I pray that they bring you peace and comfort too.
- I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. –Philippians 4:13
- I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. But take heart! I have overcome the world. — John 16:33
- He gives strength to the weary and strengthens the powerless. Youths may faint and grow weary, and young men stumble and fall, but those who trust in the LORD will renew their strength; they will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not grow faint. — Isaiah 40:29-31
- I am at rest in God alone; my salvation comes from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; my stronghold; I will never be shaken. — Psalm 62:1
- I call to You from the ends of the earth, when my heart is without strength. Lead me to a rock that is higher than I for You have been a refuge for me, a strong tower in the face of the enemy. I will live in Your tent forever and take refuge under the shelter of Your wings. — Psalm 61: 1-4
- The LORD is the One who will go before you. He will be with you. He will not leave or forsake you. Do not be afraid or discouraged. — Deuteronomy 31:8
- Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy burdened, and I will give you rest. — Matthew 11:28
There will be moments when we are so overwhelmed by the raging waves, and it will feel like we’re drowning. My prayer is that even though the waves are fierce and we feel like we’re drowning, we will fix our eyes on Jesus.
When it feels like you’re drowning, remember you’re lifeguard walks on water. -anonymous
When you are overwhelmed, what verses bring you comfort? Let me know in the comments below!! Thank you for reading!!:)