I had started to post about the concept that “God doesn’t give you more than you can handle”, a lie that is soooo big, I have difficulty voicing my frustrations, and have a difficult time even keeping my tongue when it is well meaning people saying it. Adversity can come upon anyone, at anytime, and if too much of it comes at once, even the very strongest may break under the load. That goes for people of faith as well as those who claim no faith. Life is tough. Any one who does not believe that has not lived. Yes, there is the rare soul that seems to skate through life, nothing touching them, but they are rare indeed, and often have hidden problems and just know how to hide them from the world.
I cannot tell you that there is a magic formula that will keep such adversity from your door. I wish I could, I would have used it in my life before now. I can tell you that Creator loves us passionately, even when we have broken under life’s load. I can tell you that the tender ministries of the Holy Spirit can wrap you in Divine love more fully when you have broken. And I do not mean here that you should seek such, for it is no picnic, I am simply saying that the care of the Divine is there, always, to heal us and make us whole again. It may happen overnight, in the blink of an eye, or over months or years of counseling or just the passage of time. But, the remarkable thing about the human spirit is that, indeed, it can heal.
This is something to hold onto, for I have seen, as have all of you, what horrible things can come from a broken spirit that has not healed. The injuries spread, and more harm occurs when healing is absent. In fact, if you look around you at the world at large, it would seem that most of the harm one human does to another is usually as the result of previous injury to the perpetrator’s soul. This should not mean that we do not seek justice. It means that justice should always be rendered alongside mercy. It means that, if we can, we should always look to find a way to help others out of adversity, if it is at all possible. It is those of us who can still have compassion that must look to relieve the suffering of those who are under the load.
“Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant with the weak and wrong. Sometime in your life, you will have been all of these.”
— Siddhārtha Gautama