II Cor 12:9–10
9 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. 10 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.
As I’ve matured over the years, I have always thought of myself as being a strong woman. I’ve faced many things in my life that, when coming out the other side, have made me stronger. Yet, I still find myself afraid at times. I still have some insecurities. I’ve never liked to dwell on my weaknesses. I feel it makes me just that—weak!
However, God doesn’t expect us to be strong all of the time. We, as women, have many facets. We can be mighty in one instance and then vulnerable the next. It’s the days that we feel most vulnerable that God’s strength shows up in our lives.
I’ve had days where I felt that I couldn’t do anything to the satisfaction of others, let alone myself. Everything I touched showed how incompetent and inept I felt. My insecurities were dangling out there for everyone to see. My weaknesses were showing. It’s in those days that I need to remember that God doesn’t expect me to be strong. His grace is sufficient for me. His power is made perfect in my weaknesses.
These are the days that I need to stop what I’m doing and take my weaknesses to God. I need to spend time at His feet. God has the power to lift us up when we’re feeling down. In fact, Paul, the writer of this letter to Corinth, said that he delights in our weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecution, and difficulties so Christ’s power can rest on us. When we’re frail and flawed and feeling like we’re coming up short, he’s just waiting for us to admit it. If we thought we could do life all on our own, what glory would there be in Christ?
I think about the stories I’ve heard from friends and family about the times that God showed up in their weakest moments. The single mom who didn’t have anything left in the cupboard to feed her kids and someone brought them a bag of groceries. The woman suffering from depression on the brink of doing something drastic and, at just the right moment, a song came on the radio to literally talk her off the ledge. A dad who lost his job and felt inadequate, then he met someone who offered him a new job and a new chance in life.
God hears our prayers and knows what we are going through. Take your weaknesses to him.
Psalm 28:7 – The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.