I can't Handle It
Matthew 26: 36-46
36 Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”
39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”
40 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. 41 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
42 He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.”
43 When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. 44 So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing.
45 Then he returned to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour has come, and the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners. 46 Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”
Have you ever said it’s too much for me?
Do you ever feel that you, single handedly have to be the one who has to fix every problem that is brought to you?
There is a story of a young lady who is bringing her boyfriend over to meet her parents for the first time. At some point in the dinner, the mother tells dad to take him in the study and get to know him a little better.
He asks the young man how do you plan on supporting my daughter? The young man answers I plan on studying to be a rabbi and I know God will provide.
So he asks, how can you be sure to keep in the lifestyle she is accustomed to, like this house? The young man again answers, I plan to apply myself to my studies and God will provide.
So he asks How will you keep in her nice clothes and a new car like she is used to having? Again the young man says I plan to apply myself to my studies and God will provide.
So the little while later the mother asked how it went. The father said well, he’s nice enough, and he thinks I’m God.
There are times when something happens in our lives, whether it be physical, spiritual, financial, emotional when we think “How am I going to handle this”?
Have you ever had one of those moments?
It’s horrible isn’t it? But why is horrible?
• Because we realize we are not, in fact, in control after all
• Because we realize we don’t always have the answers
• Because we can’t fix, not only all of our problems but those of our kids
Have you ever had a moment where you see your children or grandchildren suffering and you can’t do anything about it?
It is literally eating you up to think “I can’t fix this”
I can’t stop the hurt from happening, I can’t stop the bad news from coming. I can’t kiss it and make it all better.
Anne Cetas , a daily bread contributor says this “When life seems too much to bear, that’s when we throw ourselves on God’s mercy, and He holds on to us”.