A Rock Higher Than I - Iris Jordan

Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer; from the end of the earth, I call to you when my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I, for you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the enemy. - Psalm 61:1-3

Many of us have heard the familiar saying, “God never gives you more than you can bear.” I have said this exact phrase more than a few times to ease a friend’s pain or to lift my own burdened spirit.  However, I do believe that God will give us more than we can bear so that we may realize our weaknesses and turn to Him, the One who gives us strength and is our refuge.

We have all experienced moments or seasons that come into our lives that we cannot handle - all kinds of suffering, pain and darkness.  Personally, I have made the journey and walked to the end of the path with two parents suffering from Alzheimer’s; faced the fear of bankruptcy and the eventual selling of our home; experienced the pain of divorce and the unknown future; walked with a cherished grandparent through the remaining years of her life; and experienced the loss of a job in my chosen career.  Most of these events happened within a few years of each other and at times ran consecutively with one another.  I use to jokingly say, “I have very broad shoulders to carry the large load that I had been given.”  

We really have no idea what tomorrow will hold.  Looking back on these dark days, I can be thankful for the lessons and emotions I experienced while traveling through those times.  God will give you more than you can handle, but He will never give you more than He can handle.  When I was experiencing far more than I could handle psychologically, emotionally and physically, I strove to reach a stronger, higher place – my refuge, my rock, my God.  I gave him my anger, tears and fears.

Today I have many blessings:  a job I love, my own abode, financial stability, family and friends that love me.  I have learned patience, compassion, faith and a quieting of my anxious spirit.  You will grow faint, you will tire, and you will get overwhelmed, but rest assured, God’s heart never grows faint. He never tires nor gets overwhelmed.  He is our anchor in the storms.  He is a rock higher than I.

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