“God will never give you more than you can handle”
This well-meant little piece of not-actually-scripture is, I’ll admit, one of my ‘pet peeves’. It annoys me because it seems to be saying that whatever difficult or awful circumstance you might be walking through you ought to be able to stoically bear it alone. It also suggests that strength is to be rewarded with pain, more strength with more pain – Rubbish!
Pain and suffering is a part of life. Jesus never said that it wouldn’t be (rather the opposite). But I know many people who, even as I’m writing this are in the middle of circumstances: financial, physical, emotional that no-one should be expected to be able to ‘handle’. I know that some of them desperately need to have permission to ‘not handle it’ alone so that they can be free to cry, shout, rest, lean on others and above all lean on the God who loves them.
Here’s what I think is true:
Sometimes it’s OK to say to God your Father “I can’t handle this – I need you to step in with a miracle here” And this picture of a falling doll being caught is meant to show something of what I think our Father replies to us…
I pray that today you will receive permission from God to lean into him. To fall, and be caught.
For your journal:
What things are there in your life that are hard to handle? What keeps you from letting go of your need to handle them alone?