Have you ever woken up with a thought in your mind? A thought you just can’t shake? This does not happen to me very often so when it does, I pay attention.
Last week, I woke up with the words, “my strength is made perfect in your weakness” on my heart and mind. I am so glad that when I was young, carefree, and had plenty of free time that I hid Gods word in my heart.
I busied myself as usual that day. Started working. But I could not shake those words. You see, I have been feeling weak. I have been feeling weary. And through that God is still blessing me and showing me favor. Accelerating me to places I have only dreamed of. Pushing me forward despite my feelings of inadequacy and fear. That is what HE does. HE shows off and shows up when I feel weakest.
As I was working that morning, I googled the words because I could not remember the scripture reference. In the passage, Paul was begging God to remove the “thorn in his side.”
2 Corinthians 12: 8-10
8Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me. 9And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. 10Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.
I feel like I have been asking God the same thing. Crying out that this weakness would leave me. My thorn is different from Paul’s and is different from yours. We all have one. We all have that one thing that we wish God would remove. Sometimes He does choose to remove that thing, but other times his response is the same as his response was to Paul that day, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.”
I am thankful that HE is strong when I am weak. I hope that whatever the thorn in your side may be, that you take comfort in the fact that HE is strong when we are weak.