Sunday, April 17, 2011
~ "Strong Enough..."
And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (2 Cor 12:9)
Are you strong enough to face even the most terrifying experience that God lays before you? The young woman who today's "Worship Video" was written for, when faced with an inordinate amount of surgeries to repair a broke leg, had the answer. At nineteen, she laid in a hospital bed after a car accident that has, to date, required 13 surgeries - "The Lord doesn't put anything on us that he doesn't think we're strong enough to handle" were the words her mom - her words: "He must think I'm pretty freakin' strong".
We all face challenges and trials in our lifetime. Our question is generally "why me". No matter what road God leads us down, he has a plan and a purpose for doing so. He opens doors that would not normally be opened to us, he never leaves us to struggle through on our own. He will lift us up and carry us through if we ask him to! His mercy and grace are more than enough to get us through anything.
My family is asking "why her, why now"? It is not for us to question the workings of God. It is not for us to doubt that he has a plan for her as well as the rest of us. In this verse, we see that Paul would "rather glory in (his) infirmities". It is in those infirmities that God offers us the most strength. We have to reach for it! We have to grab a hold of it with both hands and not let go. We have to come to him in humble and honest prayer (talking to him, not mumbling scripted jargon and rhetoric). Be sincere, be faithful...he's opening a door for you to come to him and experience first hand his saving grace and his miracles. Don't miss this opportunity; he may not offer it again!
Praise him for what he has already given you! Ask him to heal whatever has come to fall on this love of your life. Don't be discouraged if your prayers are not answered immediately, be persistent, "pray without ceasing". Know that the greatest of all physicians is handling this case. Also know that his answer may be "no". Don't let that cause you to turn away from him, turn towards him even more. He is calling your name. He wants you to go to him and ask...so go, ask and when he returns that miracle you are praying for, do not forget and walk away...continue to walk with him. He's a powerful ally and loves you very much. Answer his call!