"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 upon me."
2 Corinthians 12:9
I know at our house we talk about being, 'big&strong'! We encourage our boys to eat their veggies & their meats, drink their milk, and get a good night's sleep so that they may grow. We could say that our efforts must be working based on their size & height, but that's not the case. Their bodies have been created by the Lord & He made them perfectly. Our boys are all big guys for their age, but we cannot take any credit for that.
We must recognize the hand of the Lord in their lives: their creation, their growth&development, their daily life & their future. The whole of their lives rest in His hands.
We are weak. He is strong. If he makes us strong, it is in His power. His strength can be physical, but more often in my life, it is emotional, mental, & even spiritual strength. His power is made perfect in my weakness.
My boys love super heroes. Playing super hero means saving the day - defeating the bad guy - being able to do something that no one else can do. The Lord's power, His strength can be like that as well. Sometimes, the Lord does 'save the day' as we understand it. He can defeat the bad guy & bring justice swiftly as we desire. He can equip & do something with us that no one else can do. The Bible is full of these kind of stories.
His power. His strength. But if not... He is still God; He is still good; I am still loved.
Lord, help me to remember that your plans are perfect. Your timing is perfect. You ways are not my ways. Lord help me to trust you when I don't understand your plans. Lord make me into a vessel for your power & your strength to be displayed in my weakness. Lord, make my sons into vessels for your power & your strength to be displayed in their weakness. Give me wisdom to look for you, give me eyes.to.see you. Thank you for your plans; they are good. Thank you for your strength & power. Thank you that I can do nothing to make myself, but that you make me strong. Make my sons strong too Lord, show them how you work in the weakness. Amen.