But all Kenya did was twist the cap on the tightly sealed bottle—something our two fiercely independent sons, Kaleb, 7, and Kedar, 10, had been trying unsuccessfully to accomplish for quite a while.
“Frick and Frack” had taken turns and tried everything they could think of until, finally, frazzled and exhausted with trying and failing, they came to their father.
When they walked over to Kenya, the oldest looked up and said, “Dad, we’ve been trying to open this, but it’s too hard.” I could see the weariness on their faces. They were each befuddled and fresh out of options. Kedar, you see, fancies himself the designated household jar and bottle opener.
He takes pride in being strong and able and believed if he had no success at it, it was incredibly tough.
I stood by with a small grin, silently watching the exchange.
When Kedar handed the bottle over to Kenya, dear old dad effortlessly accomplished what the weaker boys had been toiling fruitlessly to do on their own. I could hear the amazed gasps as their mouths fell open.
Neither articulated it, but I knew they were thinking, “How could something so hard for us be so easy for Dad?”
With that in mind, try giving what you have been working on over to the Lord. You will be awed by what He can do.
Friend, the things that challenge us are no match for the strength of the Lord. But, unfortunately, too often, we carry things alone, exhausting our physical strength and intellectual muscles. We just wear ourselves out trying to figure things out.
And when we don’t get the results we want, we simply assume it’s because the solution must be really, really tough.
But that’s not it.
The problem is that we are trying to work things out our way, when God wants us to get out of the way and let Him do things His own way.
It can be hard to step aside though, can't it? We frequently suffer from a bad case of know-it-all syndrome. We get fixated and focused on something, and believe that sheer determination and perseverance can change things.
Life has taught me that, sometimes, even my best laid plans and greatest attempts will fall flat. It has happened to me more than once.
Despite how disappointing it feels, I realize these are not failures to be mourned, rather lessons to be learned. God is teaching us that, in our own strength, we can’t do it. We can push, try, scratch, and scrape all we want, and still reach a plateau that we need help surpassing.
Knowing our patterns, the Lord, our ever patient instructor, helps us grow in this area by waiting us out. In other words, He allows us to run around in circles like hamsters on a wheel and do our best work to no avail.
Finally, when we it clicks that the situation goes beyond our skill, strength and ability, we relinquish control, and hand it over to our Heavenly Father and say, “Dad, I’ve been trying, but it’s just too hard for me.”
Then, in His own timing—not ours—He takes that thing that has alluded our understanding and escaped our best efforts, and opens up a way that was previously closed.
Try it today.
Hand it over to God.
You’ll re-discover how easy it is for the Lord Almighty to open doors that were closed; bring abundance where there was lack; give peace where there was confusion; replace joy with sorrow; send spiritual rain where there was drought; and make inroads where there were only roadblocks.
What is hard for you is but an easy thing for God.
So take it to the Lord and let Him handle it.
To remind you to do this, I’m stirring Matthew 11:28 into your cup of inspiration. It says, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”