February 10, 2014

I Can't Handle It

God never gives you something you can't handle.

This is something I hear all the time. People have said it to me...and for some reason it has always rubbed me the wrong way. Well, I heard something in church the other day and it brought me such a sense of relief...

My life has been filled with a lot of things that "I can't deal with". Dealing with Type 1 Diabetes every day. Sticking myself with needles every day. My swimming career just ending one day. The harrowing decision of where to attend college. My parents getting a divorce. You may hear those things and say, okay, Morgan, I've been through so much worse. Well, I bet you have. I don't doubt that I've had it wonderful compared to many of you. Everybody's breaking point is different. But it doesn't change the fact that when I heard that phrase, I felt slightly better because it basically said that I could handle it, and God knew I could. Have we ever stopped to think about how ridiculous that is? We fool ourselves into thinking we can handle our lives. Haha, let's be real...we can't handle anything.

It is ridiculous that we think God gives us stuff to deal with because "we can handle it". No, we can't. I know I can't. Haha, sometimes I imagine Him up there grinning down at us in love saying, "That's cute." I have felt overwhelmed in life and just thought "Man, I would not have gotten through that if I hadn't turned to God." I'm sure some of us realize this, and some of us don't. But the statement above is false. And we need to recognize it as false. God gives us more than we can handle so we can turn to Him. There is nothing God can't handle. I think it is important to grasp the concept that we are not strong enough to get through life on our own. It is important to grasp the concept that even though we have Christ in our lives, we cannot get through life on our own. God gets us through. I know He has gotten me through. I haven't coped with trials in life on my own. God has always been the one to pull me through when I thought I couldn't handle it.

So, God does give you trials you can't handle. He knows we can't handle it.  But He knows He can handle it. He also knows we will get through when we allow God to lead us through it.

"...All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field. The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the Lord blows on them. Surely the people are grass. The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever."
-Isaiah 40:6-8

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