There’s a blog circulating around on my Facebook page titled ‘God will give you more than you can handle: I guarantee it.’ It is by the author of lemmonythings.wordpress.com. Let me just say, I couldn’t have said it better myself.
This piece is perfect and it is exactly what I needed to read.
I was always the one telling people that God knew how much they could handle and that He wouldn’t give them more than they could handle, and until I read this piece I believed that. I mean, after all, our God loves us, so it was hard for me to believe that He would just sit back and watch us suffer, to the point of breaking, but then I read this piece and I realized I had been very wrong.
You see, God isn’t sitting back watching us suffer. He’s patiently waiting for us. All. Of. The. Time. Just waiting. I know my history with patience, and it’s never been a good one, so could you imagine, just sitting back watching your creation do all of it so wrong, just waiting for them to turn to you.
So this is why this piece spoke so clearly to me. As I’ve mentioned before a huge struggle for me in my walk with Jesus is giving up control. I really, really, really don’t want to give up control. I know that I could never handle anything like God and I know that it really is in God’s hands, but I’ll be damned if I don’t try to figure it out myself. So if the author is wrong (I don’t think so) then wouldn’t God giving us just as much as we can handle be playing into our own desire for control?
As I approach the 1 year anniversary of moving to Texas I really appreciate this piece because it makes everything clear. I’ve mentioned my struggles with the move, I’ve mentioned my feelings of loss, and hate, and sadness. But when I read this piece I experienced a new feeling. I experienced love.
I experienced love because I knew that God gave me more than I could handle when He moved us to Texas. How do I know this? Because I finally turned to Him and I admitted to myself that I needed Him in order to survive this chapter of my life. For those of you who struggle with control you know how hard it is to admit to yourself that you need someone else.
If I didn’t know how loving my God was, then I would struggle with the idea that He opened these doors out of love, but He had been patiently waiting for me, and He had given me ample opportunities before to surrender, but I wouldn’t. I needed something drastic and He knew that and, well, here we are.
And I’ve survived. Let me fix that sentence, I have survived only by the grace of God. He has been with me from the beginning. He has walked beside, walked behind, walked in front of me, but most of the time He carried me.
He gave me more than I could handle because He knew that was how He could get my attention. His timing was perfect. He gave me more than I could handle so that I would finally and completely turn to Him.
And He did all of this for me. Because He made me in His image. Because I am important to Him. Because He can use me. He did all of this for me because He loves me.
I don’t deserve it. Let’s be real honest, none of us deserve what God gives us. Even when we think that He has turned His back on us, and forgotten us. Even when we think our plate is too full. We don’t even deserve to be forgotten (even though He never forgets). My point is this, maybe It feels like He’s given us too much. Or maybe it feels like He’s nowhere to be found. Whatever the case may be, we just need to remember that He’s always there. He’s there, just waiting for us to need Him like He needs us. Wrap your head around that for a minute. Like He needs us.
So, friends, let me be the first to encourage you to watch your plate get full, feel the weight of the world on your shoulders, get ready to give up, but then remember He’s right there and then give it to Him. All of it. But most importantly, give yourself to Him. I mean, after all, He’s been trying to get your attention.