In Christian circles, it’s common to hear the phrase, “God won’t give you more than you can handle.”
But Scripture tells us a different story. In 2 Corinthians, we can read about Paul’s time in Asia–
“We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced… We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself… But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.” (2 Corinthians 1:8-9)
God does give us more than we can handle, but only to prove that move forward by His power, not our own. Scott and Becky know what it’s like to rely on God, not on themselves. The following is a portion of their story.
When Scott and Becky discovered they couldn’t have biological children, they moved forward with God’s call to care for the widow and orphan. In the past 11 years, they have adopted seven children from four different countries–Elijah from Uganda; Ezequiel from Peru; Simeon, Asher, Toby, and Orli from China; and Yona from Colombia.
But the most recent adoption of their son, Yona, was the most challenging. They wrote–
“This was the first adoption where we literally started with only a small amount of money. Throughout the process, things in our home kept breaking. Both the air conditioning and furnace in our home needed to be replaced, forcing us to use funds that we would have been able to use on Yona’s adoption.”
But just a few months earlier, they had applied for a Lifesong matching grant. When they needed money most, they had access to funding.
“Lifesong was so generous and provided our family with a large matching grant.”
A Journey in Colombia
While traveling in Colombia to finalize Yona’s adoption, Scott and Becky ran into some serious issues. From a misprinted birth certificate to political disruptions, it seemed like their trip would be delayed another two weeks–which would have been disastrous given the health of the individual who was taking care of their children back home.
But God had everything in His hands, as with everything else during the past 11 years of pursuing adoptions. Their taxi driver happened to have a friend who worked in law. His friend volunteered to work after hours to amend their son’s paperwork. Once they reached the city, their taxi driver–who was essentially a complete stranger–drove across town to get the fixed documents.
In their words–
“God came through at the right moment–at what seemed to us as ‘the point of no return.'”
Here at Lifesong, we’re so thankful God came through for Scott and Becky’s family! And we’re confident He’ll do the same in your story.
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