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.
2 Corinthians 12:9
We like to be tough, don’t we? Afraid of showing weakness, we tend to push through the hard spots in our lives, head down and feet continually going.
I can do this to a fault sometimes. Now, don’t get me wrong, I think there is a time to push through, to be strong, to hunker in. But to be honest, I’m not strong enough for all that life has thrown at us lately. I’m tired. I’m weak. And mostly I’m sad.
Those can be such scary words to say out-loud, or even to myself. But they are true for this season.
I have always taken pride in being strong, being firm, being able to “take it”; that is all that life throws my way. I’m definitely not one to “boast gladly about my weaknesses”.
But the Father has really laid it on my heart over the past few weeks that it is okay to be sad. It is truly okay to feel the pain that sometimes life carries. For it is through this pain that I have leaned more heavily upon Him.
I am starting to realize that it isn’t so much about me being strong, but about Him being strong in me. When I fall apart, He is the glue that holds me together. He is able to calm my soul in the storm and be my stronghold when everything around me is spinning out of control.
I’m learning it is okay to take refuge in my God and to just be still. To let Him be my shield in a world that is uncertain, unfair, and uncontrollable.
So instead of always being strong, I’m going to take a step back and let His power rest on me. I’m going to let His strength be shown in my weakness.
What about you? Where can you allow God to be strong in your life?