“It’s more than I can handle.” “I just don’t know what to do.” “I don’t know if I can take anymore.” How often have those words escaped your lips? How often have those thoughts run through your head? For as strong as we may know or think we are, there are times when it seems like it’s too much. We want to believe we can take it, that we can “Keep Calm and Carry On.” Still, in those quiet moments it’s hard not to feel the questions rise and the doubt to sink in.
Faith… we have faith. God is good and our blessed Savior, He tells us to lay our problems at His feet. (Matthew 11::28-30) After all, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, they want not and they worry not. How much more does God love us? How much more does He care for us? (Matthew 6:25-34)
Still, it’s hard to see the end of suffering, isn’t it? It’s hard to see the end of our struggles when they are right there on top of us. Sure, we want to believe it can and will get better, but we’re only human and we need proof. At the very least we need to understand, and when it comes down to it, the deeper the challenge, the harder it is for us to understand.
In these moments, there is an important truth that we need to remember: the greater the challenge, the greater our God…
We don’t always need to understand, we don’t always need to get it. Reality is, if it has already gotten to this point, it’s already exceeded our ability to comprehend. If it hadn’t, then chances are we would’ve figured out what to do. After all, God has given us the ability to reason, to discern, to work out a great deal of our own problems. Yet, in life, there are problems we face, struggles that overtake us, challenges that weigh on us, that can and will only be solved when we realize it’s out of our hands, that we need to put it into the hands of our Heavenly Father and trust that He is going to take care of us.
It feels like it is more than we can handle because it is. We don’t know what to do because, on our own, there is nothing we can really do. We don’t think we can handle it because God hasn’t, at present, revealed to us how we can and should handle it. It isn’t because He isn’t there or because He doesn’t care. Nothing could be further from the truth. It’s that, amidst these great challenges in our life God, in His great wisdom and strength, is showing us not just the path out but the path to grow and to be better and stronger. This is so those quiet words of doubt never escape our lips again. This, so that we know that, in love, He is there to heal our souls from the wounds that our spirits bear. (Psalm 147:3)
After all, what may be too much for us is never too much for Him. This is the beauty of His grace, poured out for you. He’s waiting, not for the words of doubt about ourselves, but the words of confidence in Him. While we may not at present understand, He does, and through His promises gives freely to us without a harsh word, (James 1:5) offering us the power to make it through by and through His blessings.
We need to understand that our greatest strength comes when we are at our weakest but are willing to rely solely on the strength of God to carry us through. It is then that faith becomes more than just hope in things unseen, but the certain knowledge of them. It becomes the path that is paved by the power of the Spirit in a journey that is lit by the lamp of Christ towards a tomorrow known only by God, making sense of all of our todays like they never have before.
This is not only the beauty of our Father’s love for you, but the miracle of His grace that He uses to fill you and to heal you. Trust that, and know then that you are never weak because He is always strong.