I think any parent feels overwhelmed at times…there are so many demands placed on them in life. I’ve met many single parents of special needs children and I think for them, the feeling of being overwhelmed can spring up quite often… especially if there isn’t a big support system in place to help give any kind of break.
It can be a bit overwhelming at times when you know, no one is going to come to the rescue to help out with the things that need to get done. The “to do list” seems endless. There are never enough hours in the day. There is rarely adequate rest…and it doesn’t seem there is much chance of things changing or getting easier any time soon. You start and end your day feeling like you didn’t get accomplished what you needed to do, so you feel perpetually behind…you feel like you’re doing your best and it just isn’t good enough!
There have been so many times where I’ve said, “Lord, I can’t, but you can”… it sounds like admitting defeat, to utter those words, but I imagine to our Heavenly Father those words are music to His ears…He’s saying, “Oh, my child, you get it now…you are right where you need to be”.
His strength is perfected in weakness. He delights in showing what He can do in what seem like impossible situations. He loves to show us miracles in our lives, so we have no doubt that He is in control. Many people say, “God won’t give you more than you can handle.” But, that isn’t true…it isn’t in the Bible…and the fact is, God will always give us more than we can handle…but it will never be more than HE can handle. He stretches us and grows us. HE, helps us handle everything that is put on our plate.
It’s comforting to know that there is nowhere we can go, that He is not there…He is there in our sorrow and fatigue. He is there on our stressful days…He is there when there is no money to pay the bills… He is there when we have the flu and our kids have the flu and we can barely take care of ourselves, let alone our sick kids….He is there in the future seeing who is going to take care of our children when we are gone…He is there and sees every need… sees every tear drop… hears every cry… He hears us when we say “Lord, I don’t know how I can do this… He is there saying…”I know you can’t…but I can…trust me!”
Dear Lord, we just ask today that you would go before us. I pray for every weary parent. I pray that you will be our strength. Lord, life can be hard, but you are so good. You know our needs before we ask. You love us and our children. You want the best for us. Because you are sovereign, we know that everything that touches our lives must first pass through your hands. You don’t cause the hurt and the pain and the suffering, but you are there helping us through it. You are there taking what the enemy meant for harm and using it for our good. You are there giving us your super-natural strength and manifesting your power in our weakness. We give you our cares and worries and burdens. We give you our “to do list.” We give you our fatigue. We give you everything in this day and we ask that you go before us, Lord. Please, make the rough roads smooth. Please, make a way where there seems to be no way. Be our source of strength, energy and love today. Shine through us Lord and be our light in the darkness. Help us find the joy in the day and may we have thankful hearts for all the blessings we do have. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen