Tuesday, December 09, 2008

How Much Can You Handle?

I do not remember where I was when I heard this, or who it was that said it, but last week someone made a statement to me which is really ringing true tonight.

She said to me, "You know how some people say, 'God won't give you anything you can't handle?' Well, I don't believe it. God gives me lots of things I can't handle. And He handles it all!"
Can I get an "Amen!" on that one?

How many times has someone tried to encourage you - or have you tried to comfort someone else - with that statement?
God won't give you anything you can't handle.
Because as I have gone through life - especially since I have been a mom - I have come across more and more circumstances which I simply cannot handle.
Need to love a child who is prone to angry outbursts and fits of rage. Can't do it.
Must be patient with an ADHD child, who simply cannot maintain focus. Can't do that, either.
Compassion required for individuals who have made foolish choices. Don't have it.
Need to serve my family selflessly, even when they don't seem to appreciate the time and effort I put in. Yeah, I don't think so.

Shall I continue?
I could give you the play-by-play of this evening's activities...

The point is, God has given me so much in my roles as wife and mom which I simply cannot handle. And because He is so good He gives me the grace I need, moment by moment, to make it through.
I don't have the capacity to love. My patience is much too thin. Compassion is lacking. And there is still too much of me in me to do much of anything selflessly. I cannot handle all God has called me to be and do!
So I fall at His feet - needy and grateful for His grace in my life, for God's ability to handle all He has called me to be and do.

I leave you now with the final verse I read to the kids before bed tonight. Yeah, this verse which fits me so perfectly, from a psalm I "randomly" chose to read. I soooo do not believe in randomness. Clearly,God picked this psalm out tonight!

Yet I am poor and needy;
come quickly to me, O God.
You are my help and my deliverer;
O LORD, do not delay.

Psalm 70:5

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My ADHD Me said...

I was looking for a verse to give to a friend that is going through hard times and you non-randomly found the perfect one for me.

P.S. Love this post. I can SO relate.

Staceystace said...

I like this...so true!

greta said...

Ohhh, this is SOOOOOO true! I have been thinking the SAME thing. I am not so sure that He doesn't give us more than we can handle, I think He is there to get us through it. But, we can definately have MORE than we can handle.
Right on Sister.
Love you!

Anonymous said...

amen and amen.

I think God carefully plans my life so that I can never think for a moment that I am going to be able to "handle it all" myself.

Happyhome said...

What an awesome way to look at that statement Karen. That is why He does give us more than we can handle, so we will be forced to come to the end of ourselves and completely trust in His strength. I have certainly learned that first hand the last few months.


Jessica said...

I never thought of it that way. Great insight here, and something I don't think I'll ever forget.

God can handle it. Nice.

JanMary said...

Perfect timing of that post for me!

On Purpose said...

Thank you Karen for sharing what God has laid on your heart...for it fits in VERY nicely into our circumstances...He is reminding me that there is way more than I can handle and that I most definitely NEED Him. I am thanking Him for you! For I feel blessed by your prayers and encouragement!

Mary Beth said...

This is so my heart on this. Thanks for the reminder.

AND we need to get together about the book give a way! :-)

Jean said...

You can definitely get an 'Amen' on this post, Thank you!

Debs said...

I totally agree with you. In many ways I am so much better as a person because I have more than I can handle...because when I go to the Lord I know He makes up the difference abundantly!!
Lovely blog, i've not been here before but I think I will in the future :)

Chatty Kelly said...

It's not that its not too much for us, more that he won't leave us during the "too much" times, and he'll give us his peace.

I love receiving non-random verses from God. That is EXACTLY what it means to have his peace and know he is walking with us.

1sttimeMOM said...

Thank you for this post. It is exactly what I was looking for.