Why Does God Keep Stressing Me Out?

Has God ever called you to do something grand but internally you’re thinking, “What the heck?!”

We look at our talents…or lack of talent. We calculate our resources, or lack of resources. We then tell God, “Thanks but no thanks,” and remind Him that there are people with more talent and money out there.

I call it the Moses Syndrome.

“Oh, gees God, I ca ca can’t convince Pharoah to release your people from slavery. Can’t you hear? I, I, I have a speech impediment? Aaa, aa, asssk someone else. By the way…I like the ‘burning bush’ trick. Nice.”

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When I’ve felt God moving me to step out of my comfort zone, my natural reaction is to start taking inventory of all that I’m lacking and then begin convincing myself that I am just imagining God asking me to join Him in something awesome.


When it comes down to it, God doesn’t really need much from us in order to use us. He’s illustrated that to us many times in the Bible.

He used a young David to kill Goliath with only 5 stones, 1 slingshot and no armor (I Samuel 17:1-58).

It only took a handful of flour and a little bit of oil to feed Elijah, the widow and her son continually in the midst of a drought (I King 17:7-14).

Jesus fed a crowd of 5,000 by using a little boy’s 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish (John 6:1-14).

It makes me wonder how often I crowd out God by trying to fill the space in which He is working by gathering resources?

Of course I take it a step further by worrying about where the money will come from or if I’m able to fulfill the duties required or how it will affect my personal life.

Instead of asking how I’ll get it all done, I should ask myself 3 questions:

  1. Do I believe God still works (and does miracles) in the life of His people?
  2. Do I trust He will enable me to do the job?
  3. Am I willing to show up no matter what the cost?

Perhaps it is when we are most depleted, God has the room to work and do His wonders. (That’s when we don’t have the energy to distract from or mess up what He’s out to do.)

When I was young, I’d love hearing stories of God’s miracles. As an adult, I’ve often wondered why He doesn’t do those miracles in my life.

Perhaps it’s because I’m a self-reliant woman, living in a world that uses synthetic drugs and fabricated food in order to survive.

But the world around me is spiraling out of control. I spend many sleepless nights worrying about my children, our finances, health care and many frivolous things. My lack of sleep is wearing me out.

I can’t take much more. I’m so tired.

So today I pledge to stop asking how and why.

Instead, I will choose to believe that God still works wonders in the life of His people. I will trust that He will enable me to do the job He has called me to do. I will show up, even if it costs me my comfort.

I want to see and experience God do modern day miracles. I want my children to see and experience God doing amazing things in their daily lives because the world they are growing up in requires a whole other level of faith that has never before been needed.

So, I guess I better get out of the way and let God be about doing His business.

What helps you to relax and trust in God when the details of His work overwhelms you?