He Gives The Strength
Lately it seems like everywhere I turn I see more hurt and pain. I have several friends who desperately long for children, but God hasn't seen fit to give them their desire yet. I have a friend who is dying with inoperable cancer. I have a friend who is facing the end of a marriage. Alaena's grandparents and I are in a constant struggle with Alaena's father.
And yesterday, I was feeling pretty much like "I CAN'T DO THIS!" But last night after I had put Alaena to bed and I had cleaned up a bit, I sat down on my bed, and I opened my Bible to do my Daniel study by Beth Moore. Now Beth, she had some pretty amazing things to say, but it was what God showed me after my study that really hit me.
I was reading through part of Psalm 119, which has been a pretty special chapter to me lately. I got to verse 28, and I just burst into tears. Check out this verse.
"My soul melteth for heaviness: strengthen thou me according unto thy word."
See, God wanted me to see that I'm not the only one burdened. I'm not the only one struggling. And He wanted to remind me from where I draw my strength.
My strength is found in His Word. Now, this isn't rocket science. It's something I already knew. But I often forget. And when I get buried under burdens, I try and try to dig out. I try to fix everyone's problems. I try to make the world right. But God reminded me last night that sometimes this imperfect world just ISN'T RIGHT, and sometimes we will carry burdens. Heavy burdens that seem to crush us from within.
And at times He will remove those burdens. But sometimes He just gives us the strength to carry them. Sometimes He uses them to make us stronger in Him. So though I face today with the same burdens, I can go on because I know the One who gives me strength to face them.
And He'll give you strength too if you'll ask Him!