God will never give you more than you can handle with His strength.
How’s that for a cliché? I don’t think that most people lead lives, by choice, that require them to rely on this idea. Sometimes when something really terrible happens, or your having a hard week, month, year – this is the line handed to you. But I don’t think it’s frequent that people choose lifestyles that truly require them to fully rely on God’s strength to get them through the moment. I think that because people don’t generally make choices that require that kind of dependence on Him, that kind of trust, that when someone does make a choice of that variety – they are looked at as being foolish. When we actually decide to fully rely on Him, to follow Him wherever he leads us, with no lifeboats stored on board other than His grace, love, and strength – that’s when people start to question if you are being wise, if you really know what you’re getting into, if you can do it.
I want to have to rely on Him to get me through this life He has given me. I want the peace of knowing that there is nothing I can do to make it work – it’s all Him, and that’s where he gets the glory.
We got a call for a placement this afternoon.
And call me crazy. Call me foolish. But we said yes.
The intake worker called and very hesitantly asked me if I would be interested in hearing about a sibling group that needs a home. Of course. They were calling from out of county – they had already exhausted any chance of placing them in a foster home in their home county. They only have until Friday to find a place for them to go – or it’s likely that they would end up in a homeless shelter for kids.
Four kids. Ages 2, 4, 6, and 8. Three boys and one girl. By Friday we’ll probably be a family of 7. There are things I’m nervous about. You know, the kinds of things you’re nervous about when you’re about to add four kids to your family simultaneously. But I think most of my reservation comes from people acting like we have lost our ever-loving minds when we have told them.
But I’m going to let that go. I won’t accept that. God has brought us here, and we’re going to follow in the path he’s given us. Dependent on Him. Cause I’m not going to pretend that I think I know what it’s like to have 5 kids. But He knows what it’s like for me to have 5 kids, and that’s where he’s put us.
So here we go, foolishly dependent on the maker of the universe.
“For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength.”
1 Corinthians 1:25