Strength in Weakness

Don’t let the birthday girl’s cuteness fool you.  Not only is she cute, but she’s a force to be reckoned with.  After catching some kind of flu from the church nursery or the playground last week, she successfully managed to take down five adults with her.  Bernie and I included.

I’ll spare you the details, but yesterday we laid around our apartment all day, “sick” and “sicker” feeling weak and useless, with nothing to offer to anyone.  We couldn’t even take care of each other since we were both in the same boat.  

This morning as we’re still on the mend, I can’t stop thinking about how this is how we are without God — weak, broken, and in need something far greater than ourselves.  On our own we will never be strong enough, but even in our weakest moments —physical, emotional, spiritual — our God remains incredibly strong.

Whatever it is you may be facing today, allow yourself the freedom to rely on His strength.

“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. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
1 Corinthians 12:9-10

“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.  He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.  Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
Isaiah 40:28-31

(I know I’ve been posting this verse a lot lately, but it just keeps coming back up again and again.  Often, I think I need to be reminded of it every day.  )