In My Weakness
Last week I wrote about the need to come out of the tomb, to Jesus – and LIFE. A day or two later Don and I read the 8/31 entry in the devotional, “Jesus Calling.” The scriptures, and Sarah Young’s devotional, described me. I am weak. I have aches and pains I never used to have. I often limp because of hip pain. My shoulder sometimes feels like it’s going to shatter. I need Advil PM to sleep.
“Some of my children I’ve gifted with abundant strength and stamina. Others, like you, have received the humble gift of frailty. Your fragility is not a punishment, nor does it indicate lack of faith…weak ones like you must live by faith, depending on Me to get you through the day. I am developing your ability to trust Me, to lean on Me, rather than on your understanding.”
This is not a “poor me”. It is a recognition that as the Apostle Paul said,
“Three different times I begged God to make me well again.
“Each time he said, ‘No. But I am with you; that is all you need. My power shows up best in weak people.’” (II Corinthians 12:8-9a)
God has allowed this pain and wants to be shown strong in my weakness. That’s not to say I am not seeking help for these issues, or that I’ll just give in and let my woes ensnare me. NO! I want to live life to the fullest. However, I also see where if I didn’t have these limitations, I might at times run over others in my perfectionism and desire to control.
Young says, “You have been given the gift of fragility.” That resonated. Fragility – a gift, not a curse – that keeps me leaning into Jesus, relying on His strength to work through my weakness, to guide me to those priorities He has for ME to do. He also calls me to recognize the limitations I have and to allow others to pick up my slack.
Where is God using your weakness?