We are often afraid of doing or experiencing something because we don’t know what it will bring. But more often than not the best way to find out is to trust God and try and see.
In October 2018 my husband had to fly for a couple of weeks to his home-country Ethiopia. His dad was unwell so we had to make a quick decision about the travel. I, of course, understood, he had to go but it meant I was staying at home on my own with our then 3-year old daughter.
Honestly? I was terrified.
How am I going to juggle taking care of her, work and the house – I was asking myself. It wasn’t just about practicalities – my mind wasn’t ready to spend long hours playing with a 3-year old and not having time for myself.
As my husband was leaving I was thinking of long afternoons when I will not know what to do.
My manager at work was very understanding and helped in every possible way. Friends invited us over for meals and helped with phone calls.
Day after day passed and we coped. Finally, two weeks passed and we made it. I was never that happy to see my husband but I was also happy that, despite the initial fear, I managed the situation and even came out wiser out of it.
Not again, God!
Not even a year later, in July 2019, my husband had to fly to Ethiopia again. This time, because of the previous experience, I knew I could do it. My mind was also in much better place than before and I was ready for those long hours of ‘doing nothing’ (aka playing). But there was one ‘little’ extra – I was 7 months pregnant…
I felt ready and then, soon after my husband had left, I got a really bad cold and could barely speak. I was asking God to take it away and telling him I REALLY cannot take any more ‘extras’.
But you know what? I did. I survived. And it wasn’t even too bad.
And so I did many times after that. Managed on little sleep when I thought that was it. Managed with little time for myself when I thought I could take no more. Had patience when I thought I would burst out in anger.
Now, I’m doing really well in a situation that a year ago was to me unthinkable – taking care of 7-months old baby and 4.5-year old’s home-schooling during the lockdown while my husband is working from home.
Thanks to all these experiences and seeing how God has worked through them I know I will manage many more ‘unmanageable’ situations in the future.
How? Because I know that I am not alone in any moment of my life. With God by my side I am stronger than I could ever imagine.
YOU CAN DO IT!
Are you facing a similar situation today? Are you thinking: God, I cannot take anymore. I’ll just break down and cry, if you add one more sleepless night, one more thing to do etc?
I am here to tell you – be encouraged. You can do it because you are not doing it on your own.
Remember what His word says
I have the strength to face all conditions by the power that Christ gives me.Philippians 4:13 Good News Translation
Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.”Matthew 19:26 NLT
You are stronger than you think because you have the power of Christ living in you. Life might be tough now or will be in the future but nothing is more powerful that God’s presence in your heart.
God is carrying you in every situation. He might not be helping in a way that you would like Him too but He is helping you in other ways. He is also cheering you on and telling you what to do next.
We often think we cannot do something because we’ve never tried it and because we think we are on our own. We are never on our own. Jesus is always with us, ready to help. We only need to realise his presence and ask for his help.
I know that people are facing many tough situations and I’m not downplaying any of them. If encouragement doesn’t help in your situation, please make sure you ask for professional help.
Go with God
Thanks to previous experiences I am ready for what might come next. But I am not going to face it alone. I strongly believe that God is with me in every situation. I cry out to Him and know He listens. He’s helping me in different ways and teaching me something through every situation.
What else has helped me in ‘unmanageable’ situations?
Having the right mindset. It’s good to see different situations as opportunities rather than burdens.
Take one day at a time. As Christians we have faith in powerful God and we don’t have to play his role. Don’t plan too much in advance or imagine what might happen. Use the strength, mercy and grace from God only to go through today, Tomorrow, He will deliver fresh supply.
And always remember:
Because God is in you.