Unprecedented testing and trial confronted Shane and Kasi Pruitt in 2013.
After years of dreaming about adopting a child who would one day run and play with their two daughters and maybe star on a Texas gridiron, God answered their prayers in a completely different way.
God gave them Titus — a smiling, handsome boy who doctors said would never get out of a wheelchair or communicate the way other children do. They had new routines to learn and new doctors’ visits and surgeries to fit into their already busy schedules. They loved their new son but were worn out physically, emotionally and spiritually.
The couple heard one sentence over and over throughout the year: “God never gives us more than we can handle.”
It sounds great, and Shane and Kasi began to say it themselves.
But it wasn’t true, Pruitt says. God, in fact, does give people more than they can handle at times — so that they can learn to lean on Him.
“One of the greatest promises that God gives us in Scripture is not that He will keep us out of difficult situations or that He will make sure we never experience suffering,” Pruitt writes in a new book, “9 Common Lies Christians Believe.”
“Rather, He promises to be with us in those difficult situations and be an ever-present help in times of suffering.”
Pruitt explores the cliché and eight others in the 200-page book released by Multnomah Feb. 19.
Being told that “God never gives us more than we can handle” did little to ease the Pruitts’ struggles. A church planter at the time, Shane drowned the stress in busyness, focusing on a variety of ministry tasks. Kasi turned inward, stewing in anger.
They had begun planning to adopt a child not long after saying their wedding vows. After having two biological children, they ventured into the arduous task of paperwork and home studies as they prayed for the right child for their young family. They wanted to adopt internationally and had a particular passion for Uganda.
Shane, who now serves as director of evangelism with the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention, had a picture of the kind of son they’d adopt one day, dreaming of activities such as athletics that often bond fathers and sons.
Meanwhile, Kasi prayed regularly that God would give them a child no one else wanted. An acquaintance on social media alerted the couple to Titus, sending them a picture of a boy in Uganda with a massive wound that covered 40 percent of his head and went through to the skull.
“They really wanted to get him to the states, and they knew we lived in Dallas,” Pruitt recounted. “We talked, we prayed, we cried” and finally believed that “God was telling us, ‘This is your son.'”
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Source: Baptist Press