Have you ever noticed that there are times in life when the same theme shows up in different places? That has happened for me recently. Different conversations with different people have been fueling thoughts that I have been stewing over for a while. So naturally, I decided to attempt putting into writing. Here it is- for whatever it’s worth.
Over the past few years, I have come to the conclusion that I have been deceived. I’m not sure where this originated from and I’m convinced it was not on purpose by any one person- but it happened. Like I said, it has been over the last few years that I’ve come to this conclusion, but the theme has been brought up in conversations and life events recently. The deception is this: Whatever comes into my life, I can handle it.
At some point in life, this idea was impressed on me. I think a lot of people believe this. But I don’t. There are a lot of life events and situations that I just flat cannot handle. They are too overwhelming and too big for me. I don’t know how to process them or restore them or fix them. And somewhere along the way, I was left with the impression that I should be able to. What is even more interesting, is that I was left with the impression that when something comes into my life it is because God sent it my way because I could handle it. Again, I don’t believe that.
But here is what I do believe: I believe God can handle everything that comes into life. I also believe God will supply what I need in the middle of it all.There are going to be life events that are overwhelming, but if I am walking with Jesus during them- then He is the one who helps handle it. I can’t handle it.
If I could handle it, I wouldn’t need His promise to give me what I need to say when I need to say it (Mark 13:11).
If I could handle everything, there would be no need for His promise of help (John 14:26).
If I could handle the temptations of life, I would not need God to give me a way out (1 Corinthians 10:13).
Bottom line for me is this: I’m glad I don’t have to handle everything life throws at me. I am very grateful that instead, I have a loving God and Savior and Helper who are there for me. When life events and circumstances come my way that I can’t handle, I am so glad that God is Immanuel…. God with us… God with me… giving me what I need to get through what I cannot handle. If I had to rely on me to handle all of life, I would be discouraged and I know I would fail. But instead I have Jesus to take it too. I have the Holy Spirit to guide me! I am so glad I do not have to rely on my ability to handle what comes my way!