Disclaimer: This post is drawn from a conversation my sister and I had this week and some of the thoughts are directly hers. Thank you for the inspiration, Bianca. Since you’ve been asking me to write, I’ll take your inspiration to do it. 🙂
“I can do all things.”
“If God let this thing come into my life, then obviously He knows I can handle it.”
True statements? Of course. These are things we lean on when we go through hard times and it’s right and good. But there’s a blessed twist and might I say even a missing link here? Let’s use some flashback here.
In my research about infertility and general health, there’s a presiding theme these days. It usually comes across in words like “yoga”, “mindfulness”, “acupuncture”, “self-care”, etc. The reason why these words bear so much weight in modern health and research is because we live in a very stressed-out world. And stress does not allow our bodies to function in the way that they should. But it becomes a rat race of stressing about not being stressed and on and on. So the world has “found” a solution. Care for your body, relax, think deeply (or not at all), mostly just “do yoga”.
I have convictions against yoga so every time it came across in a podcast, blog post, etc., I just dismissed it. I totally believe that yoga works. The concepts are age-old. You focus on something other than, and greater than, your problems, and they get smaller. If your problems are smaller, then you don’t stress about them, and your life gets better. True fact. (Drastically simplified, I know.)
But doesn’t that sound almost Christian? That’s cause it is! At least the concept. Do you see what I see? Yoga is a knock-off. God designed us as human beings to focus on Something greater. Some-One greater in fact! We were never made to handle all our problems on our own. Our bodies absolutely cannot handle the stress. Science proves it if your own life doesn’t! But God tells us that He can, and even gladly will, handle our problems. In fact, that was Plan A.
But that’s too simple for us. And so we see Christians everywhere practicing yoga.
Disclaimer #2: This post was actually not intended as an attack on yoga or an explanation against it. I’m using it because that’s what God used to open my eyes.
Back to my story though. I decided to take God at His Word. Every time something was stressing me out, I brought it to God. I told Him, “I can’t handle this. I have no idea how this will work out. It’s stressful to me. I don’t even have an idea how You’ll handle this, but I’m bringing it to You anyway. I want to see what You’ll do about it.”
Then I sat back and watched. Not really. But yet, that is sort of what happened. God kept solving my problems and I wasn’t stressed anymore. I was seeing God’s power demonstrated over and over. It was amazing and my worship was genuine. This was too good to be true! “God, why didn’t I figure this out a long time ago?”
And then I realized the hard truth. I did know this a long time ago. In fact, as a child, that’s all I ever did. I brought my problems to God (or my parents) and waited for them to solve them. “How could I have forgotten?” And then my prayer changed to “God, don’t let me ever forget this again! Life is so much better this way because this is how You planned it to be. Thank You for showing me again.”
Of course, Satan keeps bringing things into my life and telling me that God won’t be able to handle them. Or, like this morning, he convinced me that I needed to keep this problem and I honestly felt myself not wanting to give it to God. This one was mine.
But as I’ve relished this “new” concept, I’ve been sharing it. Even now as I write about it, I almost feel it’s such a trite and common thing, I shouldn’t write about it. But if I forgot, then others could have too so I’ll keep sharing. Anyway, Bianca and I were talking about giving our problems to God and she referred to a book she had been reading. The author had considered the concept of God not giving you more than you can handle and realized the missing link.
“God gives me more than I can handle so that I’ll give it back to Him and be able to witness His power.”
That sums up the post so well, why would I continue to write? But I will end with a challenge for each of you: Give your problems to God. Don’t become careless or think that now you don’t have to do anything anymore (prayer and submission are hard work actually), but do your part so that God can do His and you will see His mighty power!!
“If God brought you to it, He’ll bring you through it.”