I like a challenge. One day I was sitting at First Cup Cafe with my friend. (Which by the way, First Cup Cafe is fabulous if you live near Katy, Texas and haven’t had it you are missing out. Sorry, done with my little bit of advertising there.)
We were sitting at a table, and I noticed that my friend had about five pennies. I started spinning a penny, and he challenged me to get them spinning at the same time.
So, of course, I accepted. I started spinning the pennies one by one in an attempt to get them all spinning simultaneously.
The only problem was that by the time that I got the 4th one, the 1st one would wobble and fall before I could get the 5th one spinning.
I would get the 1st one spinning again and the 2nd and 3rd one would fall flat on the table.
I finally got all five pennies moving together and my friend dug into his pocket and pulled out a quarter and said I bet you can’t get all six.
It was actually a little bit harder than it sounds. If you don’t believe me try it.
But, the point is, I feel like my life is like this a lot.
I have a lot of moving parts:
- relationship with God
- child (soon to be the second child)
- working out
- daily stresses
I’ll get my marriage spinning really well, and my friendships will begin to wobble. I’ll get my friendship coin spinning and my working out coin will begin to fall.
We all have a lot on our plate. Speaking of plates, have you ever seen those people who put plates on sticks and keep them spinning?
That kind of talent blows my mind. I can barely balance a broom in the palm of my hand, and these crazy people (pictured above) are standing on one another’s shoulders and heads on top of balancing five or six plates on sticks.
Honestly, this time of ability is too much for me to handle. And, honestly, everything in my life becomes seemingly too much to handle at times.
I’ve heard a lot of people say that God will not give you more than you can handle. I completely disagree with that. And, I think you will see examples of this in the Bible.
2 Corinthians 1:8 says, “8 We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. 9 Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. 10 He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On Him, we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, 11 as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.”
Sometimes Life Sucks but…..
2 Corinthians was written with the deepest desire to acquaint the Corinthians with the trouble the apostles had fallen on. The reason? Because it would give them a clear reason to give thanks to God and also be encouraged to trust in God even in the most extreme situations.
I think we can all relate to the Corinthians. How many of us can say we felt like we were under pressure that seems far beyond our abilities to endure? I know I have. I am currently facing challenges with taking on a new job and preparing for our second child. The world at times feels like it rests on my shoulders.
I am oftentimes filled with anxiety that feels tangible. It feels like it may actually weigh something. I feel like I can reach into my chest and grip it. In college, I was filled with so much anxiety and depression that I caused self-harm to myself. I began, as 2 Corinthians 1:8 says, to be ‘despaired of life itself.’
Do you know what I have begun to realize? The times I feel like this the most are the times I am furthest from God. These are the times that I have begun to rely on myself and my own abilities. These are the times that I have tried to deliver myself. These are the times that my hope is minimal because my sights are not on the path of the Lord.
The coins, the plates, and this story all serve as a reminder of the importance of living a life in tune and reliance on God.
When we are not in tune with God and we begin to rely on our own devices we lose out on God who raises from the dead. We lose out on God who has already delivered us from such a deadly peril and who will deliver us again, and again, and again, and again, and again. And, we lose our hope.
So this week, trust in God.
Tune into God.
Forget about balancing and spinning all the plates and give them to God.
Trust in God to deliver you and serve as your peace and hope to fulfill the impossible.
Lastly, listen to Unstoppable God. (Chorus and bridge below) It’s a fantastic song with lyrics that have made an impact on me.
Trust in the promises that God is unstoppable, nothing is impossible to God, and impossible things shall be done in the name of God our Father.
Let Your glory go on and on
In Your name, they shall be done
Nothing shall be impossible
Your kingdom reigns unstoppable
We’ll shout Your praise forevermore
Jesus our God unstoppable