There is never more than you can handle

By Gene Vincent - Pastor, Beechland Baptist Church

It was one of those days! As I reflect, there are so many things I could write about and share, good things, spiritual things, funny things and sad things. But one of the things that has been on my mind the most, as I reflect on yesterday, is a short 10 to 15 minute visit I had with a friend. He is exhausted. There are clear and understandable reasons behind his exhaustion. I have been there and I do not like it! I am not talking about the exhaustion from digging a ditch or working hard at my job. I talking about mental exhaustion caused by events or things that are really out of your control.

The Bible states in Jeremiah 31:25, “For I will satisfy the weary soul, and every languishing soul I will replenish.” Ok, God, that is great – just hurry up! Wait, it should be “Ok, just hurry up, please!” When I get to the end of my rope and feel as though I cannot go another step and the options seem to be zero. I want God to hurry up! I want relief, but I have learned it does not come as fast as I desire. But I have learned a couple of other things.

Find a friend – not the kind that will preach to you, but one that will listen. I am so thankful that in my lowest moments – He has proved me with a great friend that cared and listened.

Be quiet – Keep talking and doing the necessary things but find a few minutes to simply be quiet – without people, phone or computers.

Be willing to cry – even if you are a “real man”. In one of my darkest moments I found myself alone in a dark room, in the middle of the night, on my knees trying to pray, and broke down and wept. And honestly – I felt so much better after that time with God and tears.

Don’t listen to everybody – even though everyone has an idea and opinion– they cannot feel your pain or understand your exhaustion.

Don’t forget you’re loved – for that realization will comfort you in the quiet times.

God cares and He is teaching you as you feel that you cannot walk another step – and He will (contrary to popular belief) allow more to be laid on you than you can handle – for then – you will learn to lean on Him and others as never before, and you will grow through it all.

By Gene Vincent

Pastor, Beechland Baptist Church

Gene Vincent is the Pastor of Beechland Baptist Church: 351 Beechland Road, Lewisburg, KY 42256

Gene Vincent is the Pastor of Beechland Baptist Church: 351 Beechland Road, Lewisburg, KY 42256

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