Think with me for a minute about that one person (or people) in your life who seem to be able to handle anything. No matter what they’re up against, they always have strength to get through … and then have time and energy to help you with your crises as well.
I worked in the foster care/adoption field over two decades ago. We would license foster homes of some exceptional parents. They seemed able to handle any issue children would bring – emotional, physical, mental, educational, or psychological. It didn’t matter what they were up against because they were strong enough to handle it.
However, we would still have to be careful to keep a good balance for these parents because even the best parents, even the best individuals, have a breaking point.
Everyone has that breaking point. It’s at a different level for different people, but everyone has one. The key is to be in tune with your emotional health so that you take a break before you get to that point.
Sometimes, though, life comes hard and fast and you don’t have the luxury of stepping away or dodging what’s being thrown. God knows … and that’s why He has never asked us to handle life by ourselves.
In John 16:33 (NIV), Jesus explains, ““I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
God reassures us He doesn’t want us handling life alone. There are so many verses in the Bible telling us to cast our cares on Him, not to worry but instead to be strong and courageous. Not because God is trying to get us to be stronger in ourselves, but because He knows how hard life can be and wants to handle it for us. He wants us to leave our worries and cares with Him … trusting in His timing, His answer.
Maybe those people you think are strong, who can handle anything … maybe they know the answer. Maybe they are bringing all their worries and cares and laying them at His feet … and then waiting to see how He’s going to work out the problems, the “hard.”
© Cheri Swalwell 2020