by Brittany Velasquez
We’ve all been there. You know what I’m talking about. You’re standing with a group of friends talking about life and one friend shares a cross that she is currently bearing. You nod sympathetically and murmur, “You have so much strength. I don’t know how you do it. I could never handle something like that.”
I’ve done this multiple times in my life and a few weeks ago I realized something. This mentality is wrong. How can I say such things? I am the child of the God who created whole galaxies and minute pieces of DNA! This God sent His Son Jesus to die for me so that I could live a victorious life with strength that only He can give. Who am I to say that I can’t handle what life throws at me?
This earthly life we live is ugly. It’s harsh. And yes, there are times when we feel as if we will shatter under the pressure that exerts its force on us. While God does not promise a carefree life once we allow Him to step across the threshold of our hearts, He does promise us strength and stability. “…they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31c)
God delights in taking weak and cracked vessels and pouring His abundant grace and strength into them.
God delights in taking weak and cracked vessels and pouring His abundant grace and strength into them. Miraculously, these vessels do not leak through the unsightly cracks. Why? Because once God pours Himself into the container every defect is erased. The damaged vessel is now whole and usable.
I realized that saying I can’t handle certain things makes no sense. I won’t know if I can handle something unless I actually walk through it. There are so many things in my life that frighten me and make me unsure of myself. Some of them are rather silly and others are legitimately scary, but I serve the Creator of the entire world. Like Isaiah said, “Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and song; he also is become my salvation.” (Isaiah 12:2)
I can remember thinking that foster care is something I could never do. The thought of investing in a child’s life and loving that child only to have him possibly move on to another home was a pain I didn’t want to experience. I don’t know if God will call my husband and I to foster care, but I know now that that journey is one that I don’t mind walking. Yes, it would inevitably bring much pain, but I am emboldened with the confidence that “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Phil. 4:13)
So what are the things that you think you can’t handle? Is it a terminal illness? The prospect of losing a loved one? Perhaps you don’t feel as if you could handle having a large family. Maybe that upcoming solo on choir tour is wreaking havoc on your nerves. Courage, dear heart. Remember that the cracked vessel you once were no longer exists. God has mended the damage. His strength will enable you to do above and beyond what human reasoning can fathom.