How often have you been stretched to the limit,
felt like you’ve reached a breaking point,
or been brought to your knees?
Sound familiar anyone…
My favorite part has to be just when you think you can’t handle anymore
and God says, “Ah-hum… excuse me, but yes you can!”
I am a firm believer that He will never bestow upon us more than we can bear and am usually one to help encourage others to believe it as well. However, it seems that I am still capable of forgetting it myself sometimes too.
Admittedly, during those forgetful moments I might laugh and think to myself, “really God?” while trying to hide the sarcasm that’s stirring inside. At other times, it is easy to feel upset or angry and if we’re not careful, we can end up stewing in a self made pity pot feeling sorry for ourselves.
Perhaps just as much as we are stretched to our limits, temptations, and boundaries by stress and other negative things – we can also be stretched into positive things like believing in ourselves, all the good He can do, and blessings we might never otherwise dream of.
It seems the greater our need is ➩ the greater our faith must be ➩ the greater are opportunities for Him to bless everyone involved.
It is so exciting to see what God will do! It doesn’t seem to matter what life throws our way – He always provides for us no matter what. We need only to remember this, for it’s when we forget, that anxiety and stress are bound to take over.
Our needs may not always be met in the ways which “we” plan or might think, but they are met in the ways which He thinks is best and to benefit His purpose for everyone involved. I am still a firm believer that everything happens for a reason… even after thinking it’s all gone a-muck, because things didn’t happen the way “I” wanted or thought they would.
I let the stress and anxiety get to me this past month… we’ve been on another cross country journey, but without any solid plans, except for our destination. I am having to learn how to trust and rely on others in ways that challenge my boundaries and comfort level, but… this is a good thing! It is good for both sides of the coin I think.
I’ve been wondering if things have happened this way, because of how I’ve been struggling with my belief in mankind this past year, and maybe this is God’s way of helping to restore it… of helping to restore my faith in both Him and man again. As difficult as it is to admit, some of my lack of posting and encouraging others has been due to my own lack of faith and hope. Even very strong Christians go through such periods and struggles with God!
At first, I wanted to feel ashamed, because I thought it meant I didn’t believe or love Him enough, but I know now that’s not the case. After all, how could my faith grow or get any stronger if it weren’t being challenged from time to time? To have an ebb and flow at times with Christ is normal and something we shouldn’t feel like we have to hide.
There is such raw beauty in our “needs.”
People can’t help meet our needs if they don’t know what they are and we don’t learn to express them. The part of humanity that is still so very good will see another person’s need and try to help fulfill it – this is a wonderful thing. I am learning how important it is for both the giver and receiver! It really does stretch faith and goodness on both sides.
We have been incredibly blessed in many different ways since leaving Colorado this time. I’ve even picked up another monthly sponsor again, so it’s a good start in the right direction. Know that I have struggled with how to explain some of these things better as I am still processing it myself, but hopefully you get the gist :) I will do my best to share and post more regularly again.
1Co 10:13 No temptation has taken you but what is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted above what you are able, but with the temptation also will make a way to escape, so that you may be able to bear it. (MKJV)
Phi 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. (MKJV)