“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 about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
This week I have been studying Paul and his message to the Corinthians. It really got me to thinking and looking back on my life and the different hardships I have been through. Like Paul, it has been during some of my weakest points that I have been made my strongest. It is during the times in my life when I have been powerless that I have fallen to my knees crying out to my Saviour.
I have learned that I can’t lean on myself or my husband or even my pastor. I must trust and confide in the Lord. I have found that when I am sharing a part of my testimony with others that I delight in the hardships, insults and difficulties that I have been through. For it was through those difficult times, when I was at my weakest place in life, that I became strong! It was God and all His Glory that shined through! It was His power that was made perfect during my times of weakness.
Today I find myself again at the foot of the cross crying out to my Lord. I am bare faced before my God asking for His grace to pour down upon me. I am waiting for the phone call to tell me it is time to bring Baby “B” to his new home. My mind had been consumed with worries. Will they get up with him at night to comfort him? Will they smother him with kisses? Will they smile at him and tell him how much he is loved?
My heart aches and my mind slips into places it shouldn’t go. I am engrossed with negative thoughts. But this morning during my quiet time with God, He showed me how wrong I was. I was not putting my trust in the Lord. So this morning, I prayed over Baby “B”. I prayed that God’s angels would be around him always. I prayed that God would keep him safe and make him feel loved. I gave it all back to God.
It wasn’t mine to take in the first place. Baby “B” was our assignment from God for this very short portion of his life. He will not remember us, but we will remember him. We will continue to lift him up in prayer knowing that God is in control. Yes, it will hurt when we finally get the call, but it is through my hurt and broken heart that my weakness turns into strength. God is so big! His grace is all I need to get through this time of difficulty. God’s power will be made great!
I encourage you today to not let all your hardships, trials, weaknesses, and difficulties pull you down. God will cover you with His grace and through your weaknesses you will be made strong! Turn your eyes heavenward, knowing that your Heavenly Father is with you and His grace is pouring down over you! Close your eyes and lift up your hands to Him and feel His grace raining down on you! Be strong in the Lord!
Lord, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. I thank you for your grace, for it is sufficient for me. Give me strength like you did for Paul. Help me to keep my eyes focused on You. I trust in You, oh Lord. For you are my rock! Help me not to worry, for You are in control. Though I am weak, You will make me strong! I love you, Lord! Amen.