“More Than We Can Handle”

Now don’t get flustered or worried – nothing is wrong.  I don’t want to worry anyone.  This post is more of my thoughts on life in general and I just figured I would share.  =)

Actually this post has sat in my draft pile for over a month – I just never got around to publishing it until now.

I sometimes subscribe to emails – not a lot but a few.  Those that I feel may be beneficial to me and ones that don’t send me a bunch of junk.  I subscribe to Dayspring’s in(courage) emails.  For the most part they are positive and at time inspiring or at the very least thought provoking.  I love the pictures with scriptures overlaid on top and I love it when different women share their thoughts and stories.  Like I said these emails sometimes just get my brain thinking – and some days that is not a bad thing.  =)

A little while back I came across an email that discussed the phrase “God won’t give you more than you can handle.”  For years I have said this to myself (and to others) in order to get myself through challenging times.  I have since realized this isn’t entirely accurate.  There are always going to be tough times and unfortunately there isn’t always going to be a visible reason for it.  There are always people who have it easier and there are always people who are going to have it harder.  Do we learn from those trying times?  Yes.  Are we always better for it?  I would hope so.  But we all have met people over the years who seem to go through life carefree who don’t seem to try hard or know those who keep getting challenge after challenge despite their efforts.  I say it all the time – Life is complicated and (as much as it pains me to say it) we will never know all the answers for all of our “why?” questions.

Anyway . . . not trying to get all gloomy sounding over here.

I read this email/post (which you can read in its entirety here) written by Kristen Welch (who blogs over at We are THAT family).  She writes how she met a woman from a different country who had already endured much violence and oppression in her country.  Which got Kristen to think of those words “God won’t give you more than you can handle”.  In her mind that was lie.  For me I see of being more inaccurate.  I don’t know if I believe that phrase is a lie but I don’t know if I agree totally with it any longer.  There are times I feel tested and I can’t tell if I am really being tried or challenged.  I try to look at those difficult situations and somewhere think that if I get through it that I might be able to help someone else later.  So while I don’t know how I feel about the phrase any longer I like what Kristen had to say and scriptures she quoted:

“Actually, the Bible promises us hardship in this life and tells story after story of suffering.

For we do not want you to be ignorant, brothers and sisters, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead (2 Cor 1:8,9).

If that doesn’t speak of despair and being thrown more than can be handled, I don’t know what does. We are promised tribulation and persecution in this life. We might even die (or feel like it).

Yes, sometimes we are given more than we can handle. But all the time, we have One who can handle anything.  

If we could handle all the grief, pain, suffering, poverty, financial woes, parenting struggles, gut-wrenching hard times in life, we wouldn’t need Jesus.

But He is made strong in our weakness. John 16:33 “…In Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”

And He has already endured every sorrow we may carry.” (in(courage) 11/22)

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While I don’t always enjoy life’s big challenges (like the things we have gone through lately) I am working very hard to have faith in the One that can make things happen.

 

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