Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Too much to handle

A friend is going through more then I can imagine having to deal with all at once. Another new friend has recently been sharing with me her story and again, it's more then I can imagine one person having to bear.

I too, have been at points where the weight of what is happening seems to overwhelm me.

I have been on my knees today praying for these friends, as one of them waits as her mom gets a double mastectomy knowing that her dad just lost his job of 14 years all the while suffering with chronic pain and other conditions herself. Too. Much. To. Bear.

In times like this, I often hear folks say things like, "God doesn't give you more then you can handle." I don't know about you, but that always hits me so raw when I am at the end of me and absolutely know that I can NOT handle what's happening very well at all for one more minute.

In those times, what I know God wants us to know in the depths of our soul is this:

God does not ever give us more then HE can handle.

Now, that brings peace. Bring it to His cross, lay down our burdens, and Know that HE is the one handling this in my heart. I don' then go back to the cross and take it back so that I can handle it... I leave it there.

We are just one phone call away from news that can drive us to our knees - like my friend hearing that her young mom has breast cancer - 2 1/2 weeks ago they didn't live in that world and suddenly their reality is breast cancer. Again, I go back to his truth:

God does not ever give us more then HE can handle.


SentimentsbyDenise said...

Awesome words! Incredible Truth!
I've been down a similar path - breast cancer, double mastectomy five years ago, job uncertainities recently (cut hours/cut pay), and wondering how to handle each stress that comes my way.
It's true - when we put it all in His hands, we can trust Him to handle all of it, in His plan, in His time.
Thanks for sharing, and for being a prayer warrior for your friends.

Karyn said...

Oh Julie, you are such a tender hearted warrior woman! You continually touch me with your generoustiy and faithfulness.
Thank you friend. Thank you.

P.S. My phone is sooooo bazaar, I did not get your message until Friday night!!! I'm guessing you left it earlier in the week. It also didn't show I had a missed call from you. Grrrr... Thank you for your offer, I will let you know when and if help is needed. :)