Do you ever wonder why life has to be so hard sometimes?
It's so much easier when my day goes as I planned it to. It's so much easier when everything works out my way. It's so much easier when the kids are healthy, this month's paycheck lasts through the whole month, everyone gets along, and the sun is shining outside.
But you know what I've realized? When things are easy, I don't seem to think I need God as much. Or maybe I just forget to take time for Him, because I'm so busy doing things my way. It's when things start to fall apart, or something happens that I can't fix, or I can't find the sunshine for the clouds, or I simply am too tired to do all I need to do, that I have to fall on my knees and cry, "God, I can't do this without you!!"
And you know what I hear in return? "I never intended for you to."
Matthew 11.28 says "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." God reminded me of this verse last night. I need this reminder often. Better yet, read it the way the Message version puts it: "Are you tired? Worn out?...Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me--watch how I do it. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly."
When I look back at my life, it's the times that seemed the hardest, the times when I wondered if I could really make it through, that my relationship with my Father has grown the most. I can look back and see that my life is so much richer now than it was before those times--not because it's easier, but because I've learned what a real relationship with the Father is all about. That I don't have to do it all by myself and that He is patiently waiting--and waiting--for me to realize that and lay it all down at His feet.
Many things that I face in life are way too big for me.
Nothing that I face in life is too big for Him.