More Than You Can Bear

Posted 05-13-2013 at 01:14 PM by Krista

I have had a lot going on in the last months. Between the craziness of December—and the bills, bills, bills that come with the craziness–, family issues, the death of a friend, school, potty training and trying to conceive…whew! I have truly been on an emotional roller coaster. It still feels like I haven’t come up for air some days. Some moments I can forget for a little while and just concentrate on my precious girls…and others I wish I could go to sleep for a month undisturbed, or however long it takes to get all the sadness and frustration out of my system.

I was reading a post on a website in which another woman shared her problems. She definitely has a full plate and as I formulated a response, I read “Don’t worry—God doesn’t give us more than we can bear.”

The truth is, I don’t believe that. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I believe in God, and I believe that He is there to help us. But the fact is that the Bible never tells us that God won’t give us more than we can handle. Believe me, I’ve looked. Those words are uttered by well-meaning people to remind you that you are not alone, and that you will get through your situation, no matter what it is.

It sounds good, of course. But think about it: if God never allowed anything to come into our lives that we couldn’t handle on our own, when would we look to Him? It is unfortunately but true that we tend to push God to the backburner at times until we need to seek His solace or advice. If we never needed His help far fewer of us would look to Him.

That being said, God is here for you, and me. He wants to help us—we just have to ask. And we have to have faith that somehow, we will come out of the other side of our problems stronger than before. And whenever things don’t turn out the way we hope—if my daughter isn’t potty trained until her fifth birthday, for example, ha!—then we have to believe that God has a reason.

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