Tonight in group we discussed our favorite scriptures. I brought along 2 Corinthians 12:7-10:
Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 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. 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.
I have loved this verse for many years. I love this idea that, even though I do not possess the power on my own, God can and does work through that weakness. It’s kind of mind-blowing to me. I feel like this time of my life is a time of growing in faith and closeness with God. My life is so full of blessing and I think that can be the most dangerous time in the life of faith; I don’t have a dependency on Him when everything is going well. I don’t want to be that way, but it’s so easy to slip into that. So even though the situation is not all sunshine and rainbows, I’m thankful for the ability to draw near and hope this will be the start of a new era for me.