Sorrow and pain have a way of squeezing me out. In a good way but it’s painful. It compels me to write, lays me at the feet of Jesus, and makes me desperate for the Word. It gives me a clear perspective on life and make me evaluates my priorities. Every brush with pain changes the mix in my life.
Two years ago it hurt so bad I couldn’t even see straight from the pain. Today the very circumstances that I feared are our daily reality. But today the fear is gone. We are still weak–I fall into slumps of dread, dreading the future, dreading the care that Calvin will take all of his life. But God isn’t done with me because of my weakness or yours!
“But he said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Cor. 12:9, 10.
The reality of this has transformed me. When we are weak and dreading tomorrow we can bring these very words to God. Show me your grace, I am full of weakness. Let the power of Christ rest on me, He will be the only reason I can last one more day.
This is not a “super-spiritual” way to live. It is THE way to live. Christ is for the weak. For sinners. He delights to show the sufficiency of his grace. Are you a believer staring at your weaknesses? We are more than conquerors in Christ Jesus! Ask Him. He will take up His place in your weakness and shine His fullness and strength. He brings clarity and joy in confusing and desperate situations.
He makes springs in a desert place. Soli Deo Gloria.