It’s not true, you know. When they say God will never give you more than you can handle.
If that’s true, it means I must be superhuman, able to balance stacks of breakable worries on the tips of my fingers. But I am just a person. And it’s hard when God says no.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 5 For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ. 6 But if we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; or if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which is effective in the patient enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer; 7 and our hope for you is firmly grounded, knowing that as you are sharers of our sufferings, so also you are sharers of our comfort.
As I thumb through the Scriptures, I read story after story of lives that matter. Very few of those lives are distinguished through ease. In 2 Corinthians 1, Paul writes, “We were completely overwhelmed– beyond our strength– so that we even despaired of life.”
So, the proof is there. God often gives us more than we can handle.
But, He also promises the rarest of commodities: life and peace.
And it is because of our Savior that even suffering has purpose. 2 Corinthians 1 also says, “He comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any kind of affliction, through the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”
God says no, but I can breathe in peace and breathe out this new story. My story will touch someone, who will touch someone else, and so on for all time.