Here is what has been speaking to me:
"And He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness." Most gladly, therefor, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ's sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong." 2 Corinthians 12:9 & 10
The Apostle Paul had asked God for help with some physical weakness. As we know God could have cured it but He didn't. He gave him the above answer instead.
At the time I read this I was dealing with a bunch of headaches, fatigue and a sore neck. I had also been visiting with my Mom and she had told me how many of the women her age (her friends, sisters, etc) have a lot of pain and such that they deal with all the time. For some reason thinking of that sort of thing rather stresses me out. I don't do well with constant pain (like headaches) and the idea of having something that never went away is a little overwhelming to me.
I think that is why I have tried so hard to live healthfully. I really would like to go into middle age feeling good. However this verse was a great reminder. I can try to be healthy, and I think God really wants me to do that but at the same time I don't have to worry about things. Also I need to realize that there might be times that I do need to go through pain. God can mold and perfect his people through pain too. When we are weak and unable to do things on our own then God's power can really shine through.
I do want that! I want people to see God's light and power in me - not my own. If that should happen to take pain then I am ready to go there. I am just praying that I always remember that God's grace is sufficient!
|We have really been enjoying wandering in our woods and around the swamp this fall. We did that today and had fun enjoying the beauty God has made. This picture is from earlier this fall.|