Strength in Weakness

And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, "My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness." Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecution, in distresses for Christ's sake; for when I am weak, then am I strong. 2 Corinthians 12: 7-10 (KJV)

Dee Aspin lives in California. As a nurse in a busy surgical-oncology unit, Dee was feeling depleted. Slumped into a pew in the quiet hospital chapel, she gazed mindlessly at a group of candles in the corner. One flickered weakly. Dee thought, "How will I get through this shift, Lord? I feel like that candle - about to burn out." The verse quoted above flashed through her mind, bringing comfort. Our weakness elicits God's compassion - not God's judgment.

Reaching into her pocket for a pen to scribble her thoughts, she pulled out a latex glove. How useless it seemed! Then lifting her right hand, she studied its strong tendons and slipped it into the blue glove.The lifeless material was now filled with form and strength. As Dee opened and closed her gloved fist, God reminded her that she can do all things through Christ who strengthens her (see Phil. 4:15). Dee left the chapel reassured that God's strength and power within her - not her weakness - would prevail.

God does not ask us to be strong on our own. God asks us to pray and believe that God's power is with us. We can trust God to fill us and to equip us for any task the day brings.

I know this to be true as God has done this for me many times now. God does not always call the qualified; He qualifies the ones He calls.

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for the presence of your Spirit and your power within us this day, in Jesus' name, amen.

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