Scripture: Psalm 33
Key verses: (20-22) Our soul waits for the Lord; he is our help and shield.
Our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name.
Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you.
Reflection: Someone once had the audacity to tell Mother Theresa, of all people, that God only gives you what you can handle. She replied, “Perhaps so, but I wish he wouldn’t trust me so much.” Amen! It probably wasn’t Mother Theresa who said this, but whoever said it, we all feel it from time to time. There are burdens that seem too big to bear, prices too high to pay and challenges we face too often. There are days when we are unsure how we will get through it and get over it. Another St. Theresa, this time from Spain in the 16th century, did say to God after a personal mishap, “No wonder you have so few friends, Lord, if this is how you treat them!” I like her cheekiness. Whatever the reason and no matter the person, hardships and tragedies occur in this life of ours.
And while I understand the power that can come from trusting in God who will only give what you can handle, I don’t believe it enough anymore for it to work. What I do trust is that God only gives what God can handle. There is much that I cannot carry, much that I do not understand, and frankly much that I do not know how to accept. So I turn to the One who can do far more than I can ever imagine. I have learned to say with the psalmist today: “The Lord is our help and shield, our hearts are glad in him because we trust his holy name.”
Prayer: We wait in you Lord for you have made your heart our home. As we struggle with what we do not understand and as we grieve for those who suffer, grant us patience, peace and faith for tomorrow. In Jesus name. Amen.
Author: Derek Macleod
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].