maybe our pain can change us, and maybe we should let it

To anyone who says, "Don't worry, God will never give you more than you can handle!" I say:


Of course God gives us more than we can handle.  If we could "handle" everything about life, we'd have absolutely no need for Him.

No, I think sometimes God allows us to take on more than we can handle in order to drive us right back into His arms.  To remember that He is the only One who offers true satisfaction and that He has had a plan for us since the very beginning.  And while our feeble attempts at "handling" everything might seem like well-intentioned control over our own lives, the truth is: the moment we learn to let Him take control is the moment we truly begin living.

Will you all pray for me as I grasp His hand and take this leap?  The free fall seems more terrifying than joyful at the moment, but I know that once I do finally let go, I will not be falling blindly but rather flying straight into the most exhilarating Love Story ever written.


Praying praying praying praying praying!
Vanessa's Dad said…
Well said. God DOES allow us to endure more than we can handle... on our own. He gives us Selah Moments, more than we can handle, as a means of showing us His Glory, shaping us to be more like Christ.

He never gives us more than we can handle with and through him. He allows us to experience more than we can handle on our own, so that we lean on him. He comforts us. He LOVES that.

My BSF lecture this last week was on 2nd Corinthians 1-7, and included the concept that our troubles are "containers" for God's Comfort. Our troubles are the display case for Jesus' triumph. Trials are the instruments God uses to expose His glory in us. Trials must be endured as we die to self and live for God.

They are not fun to endure, but they lead to Heaven, and that is worth all the troubles of this world.

We are "born to trouble as surely as sparks fly upward." (Job 5:7) "Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will give us later." (Romans 8:18)

You are an answer to prayer, Natalie, and I will certainly continue to pray for you... every day. :)