“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and I will help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” – Isaiah 41:10
Here’s a thought I woke up with this morning…
What if our weaknesses were really our “secret super powers”?
The areas we are weak are areas God can be strong.
Our weaknesses and inabilities give way to His power and mighty strength.
So really… weaknesses are a secret “super power” when we let God be our strength.
Interesting way to think about it, isn’t it?
“Great! I totally can’t do that…. I’m totally not strong at all in that area, this is really not “my thing”, and that’s great news because I’ll be much better off using His strength and power anyway! Bring it on! Here we go, God!”
Wouldn’t it be nice if it was easy to think this way? I suppose it can be after a lot of practice. I’m starting to get to a place where I can embrace my weaknesses so that when God is strong through me, it’s all glory to Him. I am starting to allow that to happen instead of just running and hiding. Instead of just running and hiding like my default is, I’m starting to get excited when the impossible happens. I’m thankful when that happens — and let me tell you, I feel like every day now I am walking in “the impossible” for me.
Because I’m desperate for Him.
Right now in my life, I know that I would sink to the bottom if I was relying on my own strength and ability, if I thought I had anything of my own to get me through. Do you have any idea what my “normal” is? What my “default” is? What the level of what I can handle is? I have crossed that line a long, long time ago.
The other day when I started to get a little overwhelmed I took a moment to sit down with the Lord for a heart to heart, trying to get my focus back onto Him because suddenly I felt like I was in the middle of a tornado and everything was swirling out of control around me…
I said, “Lord, I don’t know if I can do this anymore! It’s just way too much!”
And then it was like He said, “You aren’t ‘doing’ anything in the first place. You are floating, you are being carried, you are only able to do what you are doing now because I’m holding you up. I am keeping you. I am carrying you.”
Yes, Lord. Thank you for the reminder. Why do I so often need this reminder? And then I went on with my day, knowing that He’s carrying me, enabling me, helping me, encouraging me…
And so I just took that next step, even though I wanted to run and hide.
I took that next “impossible” step, remembering that any area where I feel weak –which is a whole lot, you have probably have no idea just how needy I am– or perhaps you do if you can relate and you’re needy too…
These are areas that He can be strong, where He can replace all of my stuff with His wonderfulness. Here you go, Lord…
All of my lack, all of my inability, here You go if You really want it, Lord?
Guess what? He does. Isn’t that something?
He sees the things we are so NOT good at and He says,
“I can use that. Give it to me, obey me, and watch and see what I will do through you — yes, even you.”
Side note: I don’t even really know what I’m saying right now, maybe it’s something the Lord had me to not only write to myself this morning, but perhaps also to someone else.
I’m definitely writing to myself this morning, but I have a feeling I am writing to someone else too.
I had a feeling last night before I went to bed that I’d have the most wonderful time sitting and thinking and reveling with the Lord this morning. Have you ever gone to bed looking forward to coffee and breakfast in the morning, like you can already smell it, you can already taste it in a way? That is what I felt like as I went to sleep last night, so looking forward to sitting down with the Lord, thinking about life in ways that are beyond my way of thinking with Him. I love when He shows me new ways to think about things. And then I take those ways of thinking and I get to practice thinking in the way He showed me. He and I walk through my day, and He reminds me along the way…. how to think, how to walk, how to speak, how to be carried… every. single. little. thing.
Thank You, Father. I’m fully dependent on You.
“Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9