Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Weak Days

We all have Week Days--Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. And we all have Weak Days. Those days when we simply cannot see how we are going to face the day, what will keep us going, when the bad news is so distressing we don't know what to do. Usually these happen on days when we can't stop so we either push on by rote or we give up and curl up in a corner.  

I have done both of those things. There have been days when my energy, physical or emotional has failed me and I have done nothing all day long except the bare minimum, and sometimes not even that.

I get especially frustrated when I don't have the strength to do what I consider "normal" things that I see so many other women doing. Why didn't God make me a person bursting with energy and drive?

Then there are those times when the situation is impossible. I can't see a way out. And there is nothing I can do to change it. I'd love to tell you that I grab hold of my all-powerful God and say, "This is going to be exciting! I can't wait to see what You are going to do!" But I confess that I usually anxiously worry and try to figure out my own solution.

That's when I go back to a favorite promise: 
When I am weak, then I am strong.

That's what Paul said when God wasn't responding the way he wanted to his prayer for relief from his "thorn in the flesh". God's answer to him wasn't a miracle. Instead God told Paul, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is perfected in weakness." 2 Corinthians 12:9 

If that doesn't make sense to you, what Paul said next makes even less: 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.

How does this work? When we realize we don't have the power to do anything to change the situation, then we say, "God, I can't. Only You can. I am trusting in You." Then my weakness is perfect as I rely only on the power of the Omnipotent One at work! 

What can't you do today?

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