I grew up in church. And growing up in church, I heard a lot of sermons, Bible verses and sayings. And one of the more popular phrases I heard was: God will not give you more than you can handle. And I believed that and repeated that to others. Y’all, that’s crap. (Can I say crap?)
And then one day in my early 20s, I had a life experience that I didn’t know how to handle or bounce back from. And it was definitely more than I could handle or process. But God, y’all. He was the only reason I could handle it and bounce back. And I realized what a lie it is to say that God will not give me more than I can handle. Yes, He will. He will absolutely give me more than I can handle.
Read these two verses:
“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
Read the verses again. This time slowly. And then one more time.
If I can handle everything life throws at me, why do I need God? If I can handle everything life throws at me, I might begin to feel like I have all the answers. When God gives me more than I can handle, it allows me the opportunity to rest in my good, good Father. When I acknowledge my weaknesses, Christ’s power rests on me. It rests on me and on you. It allows me the opportunity to rely on my perfect Father and not my imperfect self. It displays how God fills the gaps we cannot fill for ourselves. It demonstrates to me in this present day the love God has for me and you. It’s tangible; not just something we read like a story.
While the more than we can handle seasons are uncomfortable, often confusing and downright painful, I am thankful for my Father who is ready to save my crushed spirit, gives me grace that is sufficient and rests His power on me.