If Christians are good at anything, we are really good at turning Biblical truths into soundbites, or make them seem like quippy sayings.
“The truth will set you free.” “Jesus died for your sins.” “It rains on the just and the unjust.” Don’t act like you haven’t heard one, I’m sure you could parrot a few, yourself.
This talent of ours is truly unfortunate, because we tend to just spout this stuff, without anything to back it up. “Um, Hannah, it’s the BIBLE, it speaks for itself.” Yeah, that’s true. But a lot of people find the Bible kind of lofty, and a great way to bring it down to earth for them is by pairing a bite of Truth with a testimony. The phrase “I’ll believe it when I see it,” sort of comes into play, here. When you’ve experienced the reality of truth in your own life, first-hand, it can be very encouraging to others who may be in a more doubtful place.
On that note, one of the “Christianese” truth soundbites I use a lot is that God doesn’t give us more than we can handle. Sometimes it feels like this isn’t true, but in our 20/20 hindsight, we usually are able to see that it was true.
Let’s start with where it actually says this in the Bible (because a LOT of what Christians, and non-Christians alike will spout as the Word of God are actually just good-hearted words from someone who is definitely not God.)
1 Corinthians 10:13 (NIV) – “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”
So, there we see it’s a Biblical truth – not just a nice idea.
Again, I say this a lot – it’s probably one of the few things that I could muster to believe throughout 2017 that made me not go completely mad. Even during the deepest part of my depression, this would ring in the back of my mind and provide comfort. At this point, you’re probsbly wondering why I’m talking about this, anyway.
Well, I had an OB appointment today. If you’ve been following my life via Facebook, you know that this pregnancy has ultimately been a very smooth ride. Hardly any red flags, very low stress. It’s completely different from my pregnancy with Lucy – and I thought things went well! Recently, I realized the faithfulness of God during this pregnancy.
I didn’t find out I was pregnant until I was about 3 months along – pretty earth-shaking for me, and not necessarily exciting, but it didn’t knock me out. HOWEVER, had I found out any sooner, I don’t know how I would have handled it. Poor Isaac’s first three months in the womb were very stressful. I had a lousy summer, man. The following weeks after finding out I was pregnant weren’t great either, but the fog lifted not too long afterwards. Probably because the Lord spoke to me about what a blessing, and priviledge it is to be able to carry a baby, when so many struggle, or even lose the children that they do conceive. And then I felt guilty for not wanting another baby so soon, and got a more godly mindset.
My entire pregnancy, things have been easy as pie. I was diagnosed with mild anemia, and some weird blood issue, but after being tested, it didn’t end up being a problem for the baby. I had one super high blood pressure, but testing showed to evidence of preeclampsia. Other than that one, my blood pressures have been totally fine, which is NIGHT AND DAY from my first go around. I’ve only started dealing with swelling in my ankles towards the end (maybe cuz I’m hecka pregnant,) unlike last time where it was a serious problem the whole time. My weight gain hasn’t been insane, or a cause of worry for the doctors. No gestational diabetes, again, thank God. I just found out that I tested negative for group B strep, which I was positive for last time. That means I can labor at home for a while! All of these things are miraculous, and incredible blessings from God. The amount of gratitude I feel is inexpressible. And what my mother said to me today is what insoired this post – He knew what I could handle.
I don’t think that after last year, I could handle another pregnancy like my first, no matter how well I thought it went. I haven’t had to worry about anything longer than a week, and even then I’ve barely worried. I’ve been able to just be pregnant, and live life, and deal with everything else without anything concerning Isaac being at the forefront of my mind, adding to stress. I’m so thankful.
But that’s why I say that God doesn’t give us more than we can handle. When I found out I was pregnant, I didn’t think I’d be able to handle it. I was a wreck for the first few months (mostly internally.) But as I look back, God has carried Isaac and through this pregnancy so easily. He carried Lucy and I through every trial of my pregnancy with her (and subsequently, her first year,) and He laid out a smooth path for me, and my healing heart to waddle down with Isaac. There’s still a part of me that’s expecting a shoe of some kind to drop, but I know that’s the wrong attitude to have.
So here’s trusting for a great delivery, with natural labor, where I’m hopefully not super exhausted by the time contractions kick in. God is faithful. Even when it looks like too much in the moment, and in the moments following, He knows how much we are capable of carrying. He will never make it too hard for us.
We have only to trust Him.