‘ I can’t do this any more.’ is a statement that I have come to view most tenderly, and it has been on my heart for a while now to put something into words.
Many are going through some really tough times, and I am sure those words are widely used, or at least thought of amidst such turmoil.
My hope is for others to be able to view such a place in a different light, a Glorious light, when God reaches down and something beautiful is born.
The first time I am acutely aware of having said, ’I can’t do this anymore.’ I had been in labor with my first born for thirteen hours. Moments after uttering such hopelessness God Blessed me with my son.
I remember the tears of overwhelming joy streaming endlessly down my face as I beheld the miracle of birth for the very first time. The very same words birthed my other children, some years later…… almost as if they hold a magic of their own.
Once there was a mother, thousands of miles from home, hopeless and despairing.
She wanted to die, consumed by fear and guilt, and darkness.
Her children had been hurt,, and there seemed no way to ever heal . It just kept on wounding, over and over and over again, and every day a little more.
She was at the place of, ’I can’t do this anymore.’……… and for the first time ever began to pray.…
and God reached down.
Faith was born. Hope was born. Something beautiful began to grow, and Light and Love were there.
The place of, ’I can’t do this anymore,’ became the place of her Salvation, and the beginning of God’s healing in their lives.
There are so many times when we say and feel those words., even as Christians.
The closer we get to God it seems the more we are under attack.
I think of Peter walking on the water, his faith faltering,
’Lord, I can’t do this anymore.’
and he starts to sink. (Matthew 14:29-31)
Jesus says, ’take my hand.’ and the miracle goes on.
Even on the cross, (Mark 15:33 -38)
His Words, ‘my God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me.’
The place of I can’t do this anymore………..,
and the Veil of the Temple was torn in two .
The moment of His death, and The gates of Heaven opened for all mankind.
How beautiful was that.
These days when I fall to my knees with the beginnings of, ’I can’t do this anymore’ (and I often do!), I usually end up with a quiet smile in my heart because I am reminded that God’s Magic is about to happen.
My Savior will reach down to move the mountains, or help me to climb them…….
and the view from the summit will be Glorious.
When we are weak, He is strong.
When we are humbled, He is exalted, and when we ‘can‘t do this anymore’, be assured,
something beautiful is coming.
2 Timothy 4:18
'And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever.
Your message hits home. Sometimes the things in life seem impossible, but even when we think we can't do this anymore, God reaches down and takes our hand. I know He will do this with you...You may have thought that I had forgotten you, as I haven't been able to comment or read all the FW things lately, but I don't forget my friends, it is just that the time doesn't stretch...Being a caregiver is my first responsibility, and one I am happy to do. Computer time is limited, but once in awhile I begin to get things cleared up...Helen
I too know this sentiment. Thank you for sharing what lies beyond it. I love the depiction of our Lord's labor and suffering to bring about the end result that only He could. Indeed -- "How beautiful was that." The Lord Bless You.