“It’s all too much,” I cried into my coffee. “I can’t do it. I’m not enough.”
Sitting in that quiet coffee shop, reality hit with force.
Every day is filled with one reminder after another that I am not sufficient. I am not enough for my small group girls; I am not enough for my best friend; I am not enough for my parents; I am not enough for counseling others; I am not enough to teach the Word of God; I am not enough for the church; I am not enough to write helpfully; I am not enough to consider marriage or parenting or anything else God calls me to.
I am not enough.
Do you feel it too?
Do you feel strained by the seemingly endless litany of tasks before you, the weight of burdens in community and ministry, and the demand to do and be it all without cracking under pressure?
During those times I’ve heard well-meaning people say, “Yeah, what you’re going through is hard, but God won’t give you more than you can handle.”
The problem with that and Mother Teresa’s famous quote—“I know God won’t give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish He didn’t trust me so much”—is that it’s not Scriptural.
And anything meant to be a comfort becomes a confine when it isn’t based on Scripture.
What if Scripture actually says God intentionally gives us more than we can handle?