When was the last time you had “one of those weeks,” survived one moment at a time and only by an extra measure of God’s grace? Last week…for me it was last week! To avoid going into great detail, I will give you the synopsis. My husband had his gall bladder removed on Monday which left me the only relative in town to care for his aunt who was experiencing congestive heart failure and needed emergency hospitalization. Meanwhile, our son was having a sonogram performed on his stomach to discover why he has been throwing up periodically for several weeks. Houston we have a problem…well, make that several problems
Can I tell you how much time I spent literally talking out loud to the Lord while monitoring all these situations, petitioning His grace for each one. On my way to work Wednesday, while stopped at a red light, I was explaining to God how impossible it was to be everywhere I was needed. As the car in front of me began to move forward, He spoke to me with the words its specialty license plate which said God Can. There was my immediate answer directly in front of me, my call to let go and let God take the lead. I could only smile, take a deep breath and say “thank you” to the One who never gives me more than I can handle and never expects me to handle things on my own. (1 Corinthians 10:13)
With that reminder, I continued through the remainder of the week. I wish I could say that it was all downhill from that moment on, but I can’t. However, as the intensity increased, the mental snapshot of that license plate was in front of me. With each hurdle encountered, there was grace, God’s provision, and much thanksgiving. My spiritual muscles were strengthened and my faith in God deepened.
In the midst of the upheaval, I would steal away for moments of sanity with my camera in an attempt to capture the beauty of spring. God provided the subject matter for my photographs, knowing what I love most in nature, as one of the first butterflies of spring posed patiently on a cluster of pansies. I basked in His love and the reminder that there is beauty all around us bearing witness to His love and presence no matter how crazy life gets.
Whatever life may bring, in the middle of the mayhem when Satan tempts you to give up or run screaming, please remember this…when you can’t, God Can. He will always be enough. To that I can add nothing. To God Be the Glory!