past your limit

     Sometimes things happen that seem too hard to bear. You feel like you just can’t. Period. I felt that way a while ago, and I told a friend. I said, “I can’t stand this,” and she said, “Yes, you can. God never gives more than you can bear.” I thought, “Well, it sure feels like He has this time.”

     But her words stuck with me and I pondered. If God won’t let me be pushed past my limit, why did I feel so scared and desperate? Then it dawned on me: He won’t let me be pushed past my limit, but He will let me be pushed past where I think my limit is. I don’t know where my limit is (and I don’t really want to find out), but God knows, and He won’t let things go too far.

     In the relief of that, a strange and unexpected thing happened. I started to feel safe right in the middle of all the pain and uncertainty. Nothing had changed except my perspective, and that changed everything.

“No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; he’ll always be there to help you come through it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13