Is God Stretching You?

It’s my joy to introduce you to the writing of a sister in Christ today. Cynthia is a blessing to me and her heart for Jesus shines through in her life.

Is God Stretching You blog post from Grace to Soar


It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son (daughter) is there whom his father does not discipline? –Hebrews 12:7

Flexibility is the quality of bending easily without breaking.  Allow me to illustrate this idea.

When we were kids (I have 4 younger siblings) we would collect rubber bands to wear as bracelets.  It was cool at the time. I remember not really wanting to have lots of them, like some people, but I did enjoy looking for, finding and wearing them.  Every once in a while we would find a rubber band that was too small for our wrists. Wearing it would pinch and leave a mark if we didn’t stretch it out a little.  So we would pull and stretch on it to get it to fit (and hopefully it didn’t break in the process.)

My physical and emotional walk this past week reminded me of this “exercise” – high tension and then release, high tension and then release.  Developing strength is a process and a challenging one at that! A person can’t be stretched to the full ends of his potential all at once or he will break.  Isn’t it just like God to allow the tension (and the release) to slowly stretch us into the shape He wants us to be in!? He graciously and slowly stretches and releases to “fit” us for His kingdom.

Flexibility is also the ability to be easily modified. As I grow in my flexibility and submit to Him in obedience and in my responses to challenges, He is working to make me into what He wants me to be.

Lord, thank you for this insight and thank you for going about the process slowly. When I approach what I think is my breaking point, You gently remind me that this is for my good and Your glory.  I love you, Lord.  Amen.

Cynthia and her husband have three grown, married children and a grandson. They recently added a not-so-little puppy to their home. She enjoys outdoor activities, swimming, reading, writing, gardening and art. Her passion is sharing insights from God’s Word and helping others apply His truth to daily life.

How has God been stretching you lately? We’d love to hear about it in the comments!

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This is so beautiful and heart warming. God has definitely been stretching me the past 2 years but he never stretches me too far till I break. He knows what I need in order to get through the stretching and always provides it. Thanks for sharing this! <3



This is a good prompt for some deep thoughts. When something doesn’t flow easy in my life I usually ask myself: what is God trying to tell me? What’s the lesson I need to learn here?

Laura O'Neill (@LauraOinAK)

I find that God is often presenting challenges in my life. While I know that they will lead to growth, it can be hard in the middle of it all.


What a great example of how God stretches! He doesn’t do it to make us snap but more flexible.

Steven Goodwin

Looking back over certain trials and journeys that we’ve been on is a great way to see how God grows us! Thanks for sharing your insight! I love the rubber band example!

Olu Afolabi
Olu Afolabi

Beautiful illustration! God indeed stretches us but carefully so we don’t break. Thanks for that beautiful reminder that He does it all for our good.