Revisiting: When "I Can't Do It" Comes to Call

As stress increases in our life, we can often feel like we just can't keep going - we see no way to complete the challenging path ahead.  Is that a bad thing?  Or a good one …

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21 (NIV)

I have bumped into “I Can’t Do It” all my life.  I’ve always been awkward, clumsy, just not nearly as coordinated as others.  Play jump rope as a kid?  “I can’t do it,” I’d say sadly and walk away.  In Junior High, I remember the humiliation of gymnastics and trying to “do” the parallel bars.  Again, “I can’t do it.”  I’d stand there mortified as I watched others pull themselves up and do the graceful movements.

Housework, work, parenting – all have been challenges for me.  How did others manage to get everything done?  “I can’t do it” stood close behind me during those days, too.

I’d try and try to be the person I thought God wanted me to be: praying, studying, but always falling short and feeling less than the others I saw around me.

Now, with my physical challenges, “I can’t do it” is back – with a vengence.  I can’t bend over anymore.  My spine is beginning to stiffen from my Ankylosing Spondylitis. My stamina is low.  I am dependent on so many for so much.

Suddenly, I “got it.”  “I can’t do it” is not the stopping point.  It’s the starting point.

No, I can’t do all the things I used to be able to do – but God provides. I need to listen to God carefully.  Perhaps He is pointing me in another direction.  Or, perhaps He simply wants me to take a “time out” and rest. 

What I always viewed with a sense of frustration and failure is the place God has been trying to get me to for years. What I saw as the end – is often the open door to  new beginnings.

No, perhaps I can’t.

But God can – and will – and does.

Father God, I pray that when we reach the place of “I can’t do it,” that we can take our eyes off of the situation and place them upon you.  You meet every need in the way you see best.  I pray our awareness of the nearness of You grows and grows and grows until “I can’t do it” disappears into the background and “My God can,” entirely takes its place.


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