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II Corinthians 12:9 Paul wrote, “the LORD said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
What a powerful word for us in a day of pandemic, chaos, limited activity, and social distancing. I am sure you find that there are days that things just are not going very well. This may be your expression… “I am tired, weak, worn out, afraid and stressed out.” I am sure you have felt some or many of those feelings. Life is not easy and presents to us challenges that will stretch our faith and press hard on our attitudes and emotions.
I was reading about a nurse in a busy surgical oncology unit. She said she was depleted, exhausted and ready to quit. She slumped into a pew in the quiet hospital chapel while gazing mindlessly at a group of candles in the corner. One flickered weakly. Like the weak candle she had question rise up in her spirit… “How will I get through this shift, Lord? Lord, how can I continue I feel like I am about to burn out?”
God gave her the above verse while she was sitting there and it brought amazing comfort. She said to herself, “Our weakness elicits God’s compassion– not judgement.” She then reached into her pocket for a pen to scribble her thoughts and pulled out a latex glove. How useless it seemed! Then lifting up her right hand, she studied its strong tendons and slipped it into the blue glove. The lifeless material was now filled with form and strength. As she opened and closed her gloved fist, God reminded her
that “We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us” (Phil. 4:13). She left that chapel reassured that God’s strength and power were with her and that her weakness would not prevail.
God does not ask us to be strong on our own. He knows what we are facing. He knows what we are going through. He knows the stress and strain of life’s events. Take time right now to pray knowing that God hears you, He loves you and He wants to help you. Trust Him to know what tomorrow is going to look like. Have faith to know that the future is bright because God goes before us and paves the way.
Thank you Lord, for Your strength, Your power, Your watchful eye and the assurance to know that Your power is made perfect in my weakness.