Just before heading off to college, I had a going away party. Because of the Tuskegee schedule I ended up being among the first of my friends to leave, and I was filled with emotions. I was extremely excited for this new adventure, but the thought of being away from the people I loved the most, brought tears to my eyes at the end of the evening. Few (if any) of my guests had ever seen me cry, and when they all left I was upset that I’d let them see me so vulnerable. I couldn’t believe I let them see the tears fall. They must think I’m so weak now. I’m better than that. I’m stronger than that.
You see, for a long time I thought my power was determined by the mighty façade I was able to portray, not realizing the glory of the Lord that’s allowed to shine through us in the midst of our infirmities! Yes, we should relish in certain accomplishments, but there’s no shame in weakness!
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (AMP) 9 But He said to me, My grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your] weakness. Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah) may rest (yes, may pitch a tent over and dwell) upon me!10 So for the sake of Christ, I am well pleased and take pleasure in infirmities, insults, hardships, persecutions, perplexities and distresses; for when I am weak [in human strength], then am I [truly] strong (able, powerful in divine strength).
To prevent pride from interfering with the work God did in him, the Apostle Paul was given a thorn in his flesh to keep him humble. He begged the Lord to cause the thorn to depart, but even amid his brilliant and spirit-led revelations, he was told that Our Savior’s grace was sufficient enough for him.
Once upon a time, my pride dictated that tears meant I was “less than” in some way. Even today I like to be portrayed as a strong person, woman, wife and mom, but I’m not lacking anything as long as I have Christ! Regardless of how my flesh is perceived, I want the strength of my Spirit to shine brightly, so that He may continue to be glorified!!
Do you allow the Lord to be magnified in your times of weakness?
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