More Than You Can Now Bear.

I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. John 16:12 (NIV)

Life is like an indoor roller coaster ride. In the dark with limited visibility, I can’t see the nature of the track and know little about the speed, the depth of plunges or angle of twists until I’m strapped in. And when the buckle clicks snug across my lap and the security bar is drawn down over my head, there’s no turning back.

There are characteristics to life’s indoor roller coaster ride I hadn’t counted on and, frankly, don’t like. Some I despise — until God adjusts my attitude (again) and reminds me of His goodness in it. Because in the space of time between every individual ride, I’ve realized how detrimental it would have been had I known things prior to “climbing aboard.”


Difficult times and places are our schools of faith and character.

(Streams in the Desert devo)

“You’ll hear an ominous click click click as you climb upward to a height of over 30 feet, then just past the crest you’ll plunge straight down at 3 Gs…feel your stomach shove up inside your throat before the track takes you around a sharp turn to the right and then…

Uh uh. No way. Forget it.


I still have many things to tell you, but you can’t handle them now. John 6:12 (The Message)

Addressing His disciples, Jesus spoke of the Holy Spirit Who would come in His place after He went away (John 16:7). The concept of Jesus leaving them, sending a mysterious counselor in His absence, had to be puzzling to these guys. Even troubling.

It would have been unwise and unloving – and contrary to God’s character – to share more.

So He didn’t.

I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. John 16:12 (NIV)

I dare say, if Jesus tells me I can’t handle something just yet, it’s foolish to demand otherwise. Plus, it wouldn’t make a difference. He can’t be manipulated by my petulant demands.

I dare say, if Jesus tells me I can’t handle something just yet, it’s foolish to demand otherwise. Plus, it wouldn’t make a difference. He can’t be manipulated by my petulant demands.

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This is good news. Very.

While strapped into this indoor roller coaster ride of life, I’ve chosen to hang on tight and trust.

Trust in Him at all times. Psalm 62:8a

Consider a time when you wanted answers of God, begging to know the nature of the “indoor roller coaster” ride He has you on (speed, twists, upside downs, plunges, length of time), but they didn’t come.

When and if they did come, could you see the benefits of the ‘not-knowing’ until the proper time?

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