Too Much to Bear?
How are you doing? I’ve been pretty exhausted lately. Nothing major, just too little sleep and too much to process. Thankfully, I know where my strength comes from.
My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth (Psalm 121:2, NIV).
Especially now spending time with God is essential. Otherwise I would not make it. Often people say God does not give you more than you can bear. But life is not fair, things happen, and, suddenly, we do have too much on our plate. The thing is – we do get more than we can bear on our own. Only with God it’s not too much to bear. Do you get the difference?
That’s why I loved reading these verses this morning. A prayer for me today. And maybe for you too?
I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way. (Eph.1:17-23, NIV)
We need – in order to live fully even in the midst of hardships – the spirit of wisdom and revelation. We need – in order to not despair when we feel trapped – the eyes of our heart enlightened to see real hope. We need – in order to keep on praising God when there seems so little to be thankful for – the resurrection power.
These gifts are ours when we are God’s children. God has placed all things – also those things that bother us and try to cause stress upon stress – under his feet.
What are we then to do if stressing out is not necessary?
What are we to do when there’s not reason to worry?
What are we to do when everything is done for us?
We are to rest in God. We are to build our life on real hope we find in Jesus. We are to praise God even when it’s dark around us. Because we know when our help comes from. And that help will not let us down now or any time in the future. Hallelujah!
You are amazing.
And I don’t have to be.
I can be weak yet have strength when I lean on you.
I can be empty yet be filled with your hope.
I can be nothing yet I have everything in you.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
For carrying me when I have too much to bear.
For providing me when I have nothing to give.
For guiding me when I don’t know what to do.
Thank you, thank you, thank you
that I can be yours.
Be praised forever and ever.
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: Has life given you too much to bear? How did you handle it? Have you experienced the power of resurrection in your own life?
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you lean on God when life gives you too much to bear on your own!
Image courtesy of Mari-Anna Stålnacke. Linking up today with Sharing His Beauty, Unforced Rhythms, Playdates with God.
6 thoughts on “Too Much to Bear?”
I’ve been pretty tired too. Nothing is weighing me down per say, just the natural busyness of life. It wasn’t that long ago that I was in a season that you described. Those were times that I really had to lean in to God. I realized that I can’t be the mother, wife, and employee that I wanted to be without His help.
Such beautiful words. Visiting you from Playdates With God.
Thank you for your kind and encouraging words. Thank you also for reminding me that this is a season and this too will pass. God is indeed good all the time and He will never leave us nor forsake us. Abundant blessings to you, sis. May God meet all your needs according to His beautiful plan for you and yours!
I have been carrying so much for the last years that now that God has started to lighten my burden, it has become hard to accept for me. It’s like I can’t really trust enough to be happy and just let go. Another hard lesson. I think we are afraid of change as people, even if it’s a good one.
Good to hear from you, Joanna. Thank you for sharing. Aren’t we crazy creatures? We don’t handle change that well. Thank God for grace. Whenever I am helpless I just ask God to meet all my needs with his abundant grace. And that I pray for you, my friend. Blessings upon blessings!
In April 2014, I experienced an event that turned my life upside down. I wasn’t quite sure how I would go on. But I held on to God with a white-knuckled grip and He guided me through the storm. One year later, I cry tears of joy when I see the transformation. God helped me become a much better person compared to who I was one year ago. Trust in Him. Hugs!
Thank you, Laura. I so appreciate your willingness to share your story. We can really do anything WITH God. I have gone through some hard times too. Anything but God left me but, hey, he was more than enough. And becoming a better person in the process – priceless. Abundant blessings to you, sis. May God guide you clearly!