When you see only one set of footprints in the sand it is then that I carried you
In my last post we talked about being in crash mode, what it means, what causes it and how we got there. We then compared it to computer brain circuit overload and how our brains can be effected in the same way when it becomes mentally overwhelmed and overworked. In all honesty crash mode is just another word for data breakdown or in human terms mental break down of our brain processes.
Some of you may be saying right now, whoa! I wouldn’t say all of that but it is, at least in my opinion. I do believe that there are various degrees to a mental break down. Does this means that if we go into crash mode that we are certifiably crazy? No not all. It’s just our brain sending us a message that something is terribly wrong and it has reached the breaking point. When our brain enters into crash mode it just stops in whatever processes it is in. You can no longer put in any new commands, move forward and you can’t back out of a situation. I call this being in a stagnant position a standstill . Your brain is really saying stop! I can’t take any more! I like to refer to this as a defense mechanism as it keeps us from doing further damage. However there are some of us who will try to force our brains to keep going. This only makes things worse and may even cause more damage. The only way to move beyond this point is to stop what you are doing and shut down the processes. Get Help so that you may move towards recovery.
Today I want to dig a little deeper to look at the physical, spiritual and emotional side of crash mode. So we all know that crash mode causes our brain to experience a mental breakdown in its processes. When this happens the brain is no longer able to function the way it should because of all of the demands being put into it. I believe that it is the first level to a mental breakdown with anxiety and depression on its heels. Those are a few of the things that begin to manifest when our mental processes become impaired. One might wonder how did we get here? My response is we ignored all the warning signs the lagging, stress, and fatigue. We kept telling ourselves if I could just finish what I am working on or just do one more thing. Our minds can only take so much before it shuts down. I know that I am guilty of thinking that I can out run myself by pushing myself beyond capacity. I have been in crash mode so many times that I can’t keep count, one would wonder if I had any brain cells left. It’s only because of God’s Mercy that I do because he has kept my mind stable so many times.
For those of you like me who are holding onto a thread of sanity there is help. Let’s free ourselves, free our minds. How do we reboot? How do we get up from here? How do we recover from this? Now I could tell you the text-book answer of how to become free in your mind but that does not work for me. You see I have tried journaling, yoga, aroma therapy, counseling none of these things free my mind. They are great relaxation tools and exercises but that’s it. For some it may help but when I am truly at rock bottom that is like giving a hungry baby a pacifier. When I am truly mentally broken none of that works for me. I have to go to the rock. God is my rock and he is the only one that can help me when I am truly mentally broken.
Psalm 18:6- In my distress I called to the LORD; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears.
Zechariah 4:6- So he said to me, “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty.
2 Corinthians 12:9- But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
When I am in crash mode only Gods Spirit can lift me up. How do you know when you are truly in crash mode? Let me give you an example. Erica Campbell has a song called Help! I love this song because I can relate to it in so many ways. I listen to her Get Up! Morning Show every morning on my way to work. She said that when she wrote this song she was in a bad place and the only thing she could do was say Lord Help! Now I am no Erica Campbell but I can imagine if she was in such a place where the only words she could utter was Lord Help! its safe to say she was in crash mode. I have been there more times than I can remember. What I am saying to you is if you are in that place today cry out Lord Help! If you don’t have enough strength to get up cry out Lord Help! he will carry you. He will uphold you with his righteous right hand.
Isaiah 41:10- So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
I have been challenged physically in my body, mentally and spiritually this week. I have allowed my emotional, mental and physical bank accounts to become depleted. Even so I kept putting commands into my accounts demanding more currency until it caused a circuit overload. I have been running on empty till the point where my brain processes just shut down.
Lord Help! is all I can say. He is carrying me today as I battle Lupus, work issues, family issues. His grace is sufficient and his strength is made perfect in my weakness. Nothing is counted loss, I am not longer stagnant, he’s rebooting me. He will do the same for you if you would only ask, Lord Help!
As always my fellow readers thank you for taking the time to read my blog. I hope it is truly inspiring you. Please stay with me as we finish Restoring What Was Lost Part III-Recover, Meditate, Renew.
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