Life Happens! This is one phrase that perfectly sums up what I’ve been going through lately. As we strive to reach our goals, we are reminded that the journey is not always smooth. At times, we experience bumps and dips along the way in the form of unexpected circumstances and challenges; yet we must be willing to make room for these encounters, keep the faith, balance ourselves and continue to stay the course.
I truly thank God for keeping me in the midst of life’s great ups and downs. For the most part, I’ve been able to overcome those rocky roads when life seems to throw a few curve balls. We all have them. Things that seem to break out just when a semester starts, is about to end or when an important paper is due. While on this journey towards completing a Master’s in Education, I’ve certainly had a few. For examples: painful leg and foot cramps during finals, anemia which tried to slow me down, an in-law who suddenly went AWOL (not from the military); two family members that were in the hospital at the same time, and a loved one who recently went home to be with the Lord… Even when a situation is not directly happening to us, it still affects us. It’s just like a chess board or puzzle, when something is missing or out of place, the entire game is affected.
Today, praise God, I am reminded that God never gives us more than we can handle. I am also reminded of the words of Jesus, which Paul shares in his Second Epistle to the Corinthians, saying,
And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distress for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong (2 Corinthians 12:9-10).
It’s a great comfort to know that, no matter what we go through in life, we can draw strength from God, who’s our rock, sword and shield. Today my spirit soars higher and higher as this familiar verse from Psalm 61 fills my heart “…when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I…” (KJV).
So what pressures, burdens or stressors of life are troubling you? Let go and let God have His way in your situation. Let Him see you through it. He cares for YOU!