Overwhelmed by Your “To Do” List?


“Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it” (George Bernard Shaw).

Buried beneath a mountain of paperwork? Paralyzed by some impending deadlines? Dreaming of a week on the beach?

I considered a “real job” until I read the job description: “Ability to work independently and multitask.”

I love to work independently. But I tend to hyperfocus most of the time. And I struggle with multitasking all of the time. So, I passed on that job opportunity.

I’m not so sure multitasking works well for my daughter Tara, either. She seems frustrated at times when I call as she prepares dinner—holding a screaming baby, listening to a whining preschooler, dealing with two squabbling little boys, and talking on the phone, all at the same time.

I can’t even concentrate on my writing projects at times with dishes in the sink or a hamper of dirty laundry waiting on me. And if the phone rings, I lose focus completely. Then, when I start worrying about all the details of my life, writer’s block paralyzes me.

Revelation. I woke up early one morning overwhelmed with my “to do” list. So, I decided to take an early morning walk at sunrise.

As I walked down the street toward the lake, the view of the sunrise surprised me. And I forgot about all of my worries as I soaked in the beauty of the dawn. I tried to capture the moment with my camera.

After pausing a few minutes to admire the view, I continued my walk. Most mornings, I enjoy listening to the sounds of nature as I walk the trails near my home. But since I took another route to the lake, I decided to listen to my favorite radio station.

Imagine my delight as I encountered the lyrics to “Light Up the Sky” by the Afters: “You light up the sky to show me that you are with me ….”.

In an interview with cbn.com, Matt Fuqua, vocalist/guitarist for the Afters, says, “The story behind Light Up the Sky is a part of the story of all of us … [It’s] a picture of what it looks like when you make it through [a] really challenging time, and you look back and see how God was using all of those things for good and that you were never alone.”

Reflection. God drew my attention to the majesty of His creation as I observed the heavenly canopy of the sunrise reflected on Lake Cortez, glowing through the trees near my home the next morning.

Did God light up the sky to show me that He was with me?

I couldn’t deny it. He opened my eyes, and I could see evidence of His Presence all around me.

How has God revealed Himself to you?

YouTube/theaftersvideos (“Light Up the Sky” by The Afters)


7 Replies to “Overwhelmed by Your “To Do” List?”

  1. So very true, Karen. He’s always there and will show us if we’ll just stop to look and listen. Thanks for the good word today.

    1. I’m also grateful that He will get my attention when I’m not looking or listening, aren’t you? Thanks for your comment, Dorothy!

  2. Overwhelmed is what I feel lately. I don’t know why. I’ve never been this way. I was the one who could handle it all and keep running. But ever feel like you’re turning in circles? 🙂 That’s me the past few months. I know what you mean about dishes in the sink and trying to sit down and put words on “paper”. Enjoyed the song. I must look about me…God’s touch is there.

    1. Yes! I’ve felt like I’ve been turning in circles a lot lately! And I pray God will reveal Himself to you in a powerful way, Karen. Blessings!

  3. What a great word for all of us. Who can’t relate to the multi-tasking moments, where everything you are trying to juggle is about to fall?

    Looking to the sky now, as I fight the overwhelming battle of writing through the messy middle of my current book. Thanks for the encouragement.

    1. Always a blessing to share what God’s teaching me! Thanks for your encouragement.

      This morning, I was reminded of the story of Peter walking on the water to Jesus. When he took his eyes off Jesus, he started to sink. I think I’ve been doing that a lot lately. I’ve stepped out of the boat, intending to keep my eyes on Jesus. But my circumstances often distract me, and I find myself sinking and in a state of panic. It’s odd how He can get our attention when we find ourselves overwhelmed, isn’t it? Another red flag, huh? 😉

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