My morning blog post was still rolling around in my head, thinking about how I’ve come to rely on God’s Word to give me the strength and peace I need to face life’s challenges every day. Of course, some days are more challenging than others and on those most challenging days, when I feel the weakest, I am reminded that much more of God’s promises. And I finally really understood this Scripture:
2 Corinthians 12:9: But He said to me,"My grace is sufficient for you, for 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.
At that moment, as I acknowledged God’s power in my life and gave Him the glory for the strength and grace I’ve received, showed me how perfect He truly is in my weakest moments. I lost the depth in that passage before, focusing only on how Paul was supposed to be sick, had that thorn in his flesh that God refused to remove to show His power in Paul’s weakness. But was the thorn really some health issue, or was his sickness simply his humanity? His fear and worry, his lack of patience and understanding, his inability to avoid sin. The things that grip us in this life that show how human we really are, how un-godlike we truly are actually amplifies how perfect, how amazing, how glorious our God is. His power is shown perfect in comparison with our weakness, our humanness.
I pray many times for God to grant me patience to get through a trying day and often times I can’t find that patience now matter how much my heart longs for it. And after snapping at Michael for something seemingly insignificant in the aftermath, my heart breaks for failing yet again to be more patient with him. I had asked God—why hadn’t He given me the patience? Why had He left me weak and ugly when I needed His strength the most? So I can see, truly, how patient, how forgiving, how perfectly loving He is compared to my own lack of patience and forgiveness-my humanness. His power shown perfect in my weakness. And I also know, He’s not going to leave me this way…He is making me more like Him every day. How amazing is that?
Picture of the day--you can just see Squiggy's pin feathers starting to sprout. His eyes are wide open and he's getting to be as greedy of an eater as Lenny is...well, almost...Lenny is quite the piggy!! They're both awesome =0)
|Sqiggy, 2 1/2 weeks old|