My grace is enough; it's all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness. Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ's strength moving in on my weakness. Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size-abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become. (2 Corinthians 12:9, 10 MSG)
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Weakness Is Good!
Well, it's the night before we leave for Nigeria. I had intended to write before this but it just didn't happen. I should be packing right now but I can't get motivated so what better time to blog?
I can't believe we're finally leaving! This week has been crazy between packing, getting things set for the kids and getting ready to be away from my job for two + weeks. It's definitely pushed the important stuff to the background. I feel like I haven't had as much time as I'd like to prepare my heart. I want to make sure I'm as close to God as I need to be because I know there will be times in the next 2 weeks that I will be tired and cranky or frustrated or overwhelmed and I'll need to be close enough to lean on Him. I want to be close enough so I can hear Him speaking into every situation - telling me what He wants me to learn or who to minister to. Trying to do His work in my own strength would be ludicrous.
Sometime in the last few years (I can't remember which book) I read that it's good to "consume" grace. The more grace we need, the more of Him is working through us. If I have a choice between being strong and needing only a little of God or being weak and needing much of Him, I definitely choose needing more of Him. That's what I'm praying for on this trip. We have no doubt about being able to do what needs to be done in Nigeria. We know we can't make a difference there, but God is more than able. He is going to do a work there and we will have front row seats!