I often hear the phrase “God won’t give you more than you can handle.” I call BULL. Every time I hear the phrase. Some things in life are just flat out more than any person could bear. And as my friend Beth pointed out this morning, this is one of those things.
Our extended community has been shaken by an unthinkable tragedy. It has received national news coverage, so I know a lot of you have probably heard about it.
The Watson family of 11 suffered a tragic house fire. 8 of their 9 children perished in the fire, along with their mother. The only survivors were the father and 11 year old Kylie (in the back row of the photo, in the blue dress). They are both in the hospital right now with severe burns and in critical condition with a long road to recovery for them.
This man has lost his wife and 8 of his 9 children. The latest from the investigation says that the fire was caused by a baseboard heater, and that the bodies were recovered in the master bedroom, possibly indicating they were trying to escape through a window. A family friend who was on the scene said that Chad Watson tried 3 times to save the remaining members of his family, yet they perished.
This tragedy is too much for a person to bear.
The ONLY hope we have in this world is Christ. That’s it.
I am reminded of Paul’s words, so fitting,
We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia.We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us. (2 Corinthians 1:8-10)
Paul says they were under great pressure. It was beyond their ability to endure. It was more than they could bear. It was more than they could handle. They despaired of life itself.
But it wasn’t more than the Lord could bear for them. We are told in Psalm 55:22, “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you.” Paul knew the truth, and clung to it when life was more than He could bear. “On him we have set our hope that He will continue to deliver us.”
Can you please join me in praying for Chad Watson, and his little girl Kylie, along with their family and friends and community?
If you would like to make a monetary donation, a fund has been set up through their church and you can mail donations to this address. A facebook page has also been set up.
Calvary Baptist Fund for Chad Watson
Old National Bank,
PO Box 549,
Central City KY 42330
I am praying for them, that the Lord will be their strength and comfort at a time when this world is more than they can bear.
A family friend who was there said the following: ” After trying three times to save his family, Chad said “I’ve done everything I can. They are safe in the arms of a loving God.” That statement is illustrative of the strong abiding faith in Jesus Chad has always exhibited.”
I pray that He will be able to cling to that faith in the dark days to come.
His grace is sufficient.
(2/1/2014), Kylie and Chad are still in critical condition with Chad’s condition being most severe. Please continue to pray for his life to be spared. (taken from family member’s update)