When Today is More Difficult Than Tomorrow

Worry doesn’t always have to do with the uncertainties of tomorrow. Sometimes today is so difficult, it obscures our view of even considering tomorrow. A hymn claims, “Because He lives, I can face tomorrow,” but sometimes today seems too much to handle. We’re not even sure how to get to tomorrow.

We can’t handle today. And perhaps that’s the point.

The claim that God doesn’t give us more than we can handle doesn’t do much to comfort us when we’re overwhelmed. Hearing God doesn’t give us more than we can handle when we feel like we certainly have more than we can handle simply overwhelms us more. Let’s be honest: that claim isn’t true. We often have more than we can handle.

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God intends for us to trust Him to bear some of the burden and help us through. We don’t trust Him to simply help us with the way we want to handle something. We trust Him enough to know He’s helping us even when we can’t imagine how. We try to look at Him instead of our swirling circumstances. We let His truths overwhelm our feelings about a situation. It’s a messy process that we can’t completely explain, but we take it one step at a time, with Him, and someday, somehow, come through the discombobulating experiences with a changed perspective. And sometimes, we don’t come through it at all but continue to move through, even with no end in sight, with a sense of peace.

We can’t handle it all. God can. We can’t understand it all. God can. We can trust Him, but we have to reach out to Him

Because He lives, we can face today. No matter what.

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