My heart goes out to everyone under any kind of strain brought on by this pandemic. I think it has truly affected more than what any of us could have anticipated: people have lost their lives, jobs, loved ones, plans, finances and more.
While I don’t know your personal situation, I know that for me, this time has provided opportunities to step back and recognize Who is truly in control.
I just want to throw a little disclaimer out there — I am by no means trying to downplay anyone else’s situation or experience, but rather just sharing something that’s been on my heart lately (and may be too long to squeeze into an instagram caption 😉).
In the midst of all this, it can seem like we are carrying the weight of more than we can handle, but what’s special about walking through life hand-in-hand with Jesus is that we don’t have to do it alone.
“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful, he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” – 1 Corinthians 10:13
We hear this all the time — that God won’t give us anything we can’t handle — but most people leave out the second part, leading us to believe we should lean on our own strength and handle it all on our own.
We live in a broken world where adulthood, college, marriage, motherhood or any other “normal” stage of life bears more than we can handle. We’ll go through temptations, we’ll feel like we aren’t good enough, and we’ll feel inadequate. Then throw in the chaos of a worldwide pandemic, and it’s like we’re bursting at the seams.
I love the way Angie Smith puts it in her book, Chasing God. She says that “God gives us way more than we can handle but He also gives us Himself so we can carry it all.”
The sufferings and burdens we receive in this world may be too much for us to handle on our own, but never too much for Jesus. He reaches out his hand and invites us to choose the better life with Him. He invites us to let Him carry the weight of it all.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11:28
I pray that whatever your situation may be today, that you find rest.
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