I am reminded of Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:7-9 “…Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. 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.” Paul suffered from a chronic and debilitating problem “thorn in the flesh.” It hindered his ministry and he would pray of its removal but God refused. Three times he prayed for healing but he did not receive it. But the beauty is what he did recieve. He received greater Grace from God which grew in him a stronger character, humility, and an ability to empathize with others. Those around him benefited because they saw Gods work within his life.
When I start to dream “God dreams” all fear is gone! When the Lord asks me to comfort the lonely or give hope to the broken, I’m not hindered by the thought of my limitations. The fact that God’s power is displayed in our weaknesses should give us courage and hope. When we recognize our limitations, we depend more upon God for our effectiveness rather than our own energy, effort. or talent. We grow through our weaknesses and limitations because they give us an opportunity to affirm God’s strength.
As I prepare my heart this week to go back to Haiti I praise God for my weaknesses. I will boast in the fact that through my weaknesses, God can work through me so that others may see His glory manifested!! Everything that I do, every step that I take and every word that I speak, I pray that it would all be for the glory of Christ!