This week has felt so chaotic and difficult. I overcomplicate things and make space for anxiety over trivial things when my heart and mind should be focused on gratitude. I can make so many excuses for what I allow in my life to stress me out and hurt me, or I can learn from these circumstances and be transformed. And look at situations as opportunities rather than burdens.
Life can be overwhelming and reckless. Circumstances can make us bitter, resentful, selfish, angry—and often blinded by these—so that we don't even recognize them in ourselves. You know when people say, God won't give you more than you can handle? I've always hated that as a response to hardship. When your life is crumbling apart or you're in so much pain or every bad thing is happening all at once...all you want is a friend, someone to be there for you. But it's human nature to try to explain situations and provide answers, we all do it in our clumsy effort to be helpful. While there is truth to that message, there is a lot more to it. I am reminded that we can't expect others to be perfect when we cannot and will not accomplish this ourselves (despite how great we might think we're doing, we all fail loved ones and friends at some point...sometimes we are not made aware of how we've hurt others or failed them). People will fail us. We will fail other people. But God never fails.
"There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it."
—1 Corinthians 10:13