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Call On God When You Are In Too Deep                February 6, 2014

Dear friends,

I hate shoveling snow.  As a matter of fact, I'm not supposed to shovel since that
thing with my heart eleven years ago.  So every time that beautiful white stuff
comes down from heaven I have a problem.

Thankfully, I found a solution.  About seven years ago I bought a small electric
snow blower at a church yard sale.  It was still in the box.  I was told it had never
been used.  I got it for $50.  It was a small price to pay for peace of mind.

I thank God for that little snow blower every time there is a storm.  The two of us
go out and clear the sidewalk.  Most of the time that's all I need.  The blizzard last
year was another story.  I remember  wondering what I was going to do.  How
could I clear 18 inches of snow?   That's when the thought hit me, "God never
gives us more than we can handle."

I thought to myself about how silly that sounded.  The truth is that a lot of people
suffer through some pretty overwhelming situations.  I've sat with parents who had
a child with cancer.  I have watched people grapple with family members with
addiction issues.

I could go all theological here and talk about sin and its effects on the world but
that doesn't' bring much comfort when your world is falling apart.  Some people
bear pretty heavy burdens.  The truth is that people want to know where God is in
the midst of their troubles.  

Well here is what I believe.  God never told us that we had to go it alone.  He said
he'd never give us more than we ( God and us) could handle.  That means that if
we call on him in the midst of a trial God will come alongside us and help us get
through.  We might not even know it was God until we look back on it through the
eyes of faith.

With the snow winding down after that blizzard, I went out and began clearing the
path.  I was out there for fifteen minutes and feeling pretty overwhelmed.  The
next thing I knew, God sent along two boys.  They jumped in and started
shoveling.  I still chuckle when I think of it.  They were there at just the right time
and we got the job done together.  I thanked God for that.

So next time you are feeling overwhelmed, call on God.  He will provide a light to
help you through the darkness.  He will show up and carry you through in a way
you won't expect.

God bless. See you in church.  Cal