I don’t like to be weak. I’m sure most of us can say the same thing. I don’t like to be weak physically, mentally, spiritually, or emotionally. I don’t like the weight of weakness, the dependency of weakness, or the helplessness of weakness. Can you relate?
A month ago, I was in the habit of taking my pup to Findlay’s reservoir to walk. It’s a four mile walk around the most scenic spot of Hancock County. I walk an 18-20 minute mile around so it takes me about an hour and twenty minutes to an hour and a half (depending on swim stops for the pup :)). It’s good exercise and a fun, relaxing activity to do with my pup. And, the biggest challenge is when you get halfway around and have to use the bathroom (TMI – I digress – HA!).
Three weeks ago today, my daughter and I were in a car accident. I don’t want to over-sensationalize the accident – it was a bad crash, but we walked away with non-life-threatening injuries. Although it wasn’t life-threatening (thank You, Jesus) it was, in a way, life-altering. I’m dealing with a bum foot and sore leg and my daughter is dealing with a shoulder injury to top the list. Again, I don’t want to over-sensationalize the injuries and make them more than they are – it could’ve been a LOT worse – but they are injuries. And they have altered some day-to-day functions.
Overall, Em and I have remained positive, trusting in God, our health professionals and “the process” for our healing. But yesterday, when going to do some low-impact movement exercise in the pool my foot was giving me more trouble than usual, I felt weak. I thought to myself, “I don’t like to be weak,” and had a “this sucks” moment rehearsing the fact in my mind that in three weeks I need to be able to be on my feet all day, with non-stop activity and responsibilities with the focus on OTHERS and not myself (#backtoschool).
But, God is faithful.
One of the signs at the pool said something along the lines of FAITH is greater than our fear.
Another said, “When you go through deep waters, I will be with you” quoting Isaiah 43:2.
Ok, my Faithful Comforter. Thank You.
Today, in my devotions I read 2 Corinthians 12. If you know me, you know my tattoo is based on this chapter, but I’m going to blog my tat😉 later this week – stay tuned. Today, my heart was comforted and encouraged by this passage on weakness. Jesus reminded me that in our weakness, He is strong. Paul didn’t like being weak either, using the phrase “torment” to describe his “thorn.” Jesus, in His love and sovereignty and purpose and plan reminded Paul that “HIS power is perfected in weakness” (vs. 9).
The dependency of our weakness drives us to depend on Him. The weight of our weakness is lifted in Him. The helplessness of our weakness is comforted by Him.
THAT is the POWER of CHRIST in our weaknesses – because in CHRIST, we can become strong.