This week I’ve been thinking about how God told the apostle Paul,
“My power is made perfect in weakness.”
Lately it seems that whatever I attempt to do in my own strength isn’t successful. But, when I quit the striving, He moves.
I’m not saying that God has been answering my prayers the way I would like. No. I’m just saying that I’m learning to get over the idea that it’s me that needs to solve my situation.
On January 2, I decided that I would put me aside and trust God totally for this leg of the great adventure. Do you realize that to consistently do that for four months is slightly challenging? After all…you may recall…I am a fixer. So far, anything that I have attempted to orchestrate has been a flop.
Sure, you can tell me I must not have prayed about it enough. Whatever.
When your life is turned upside down, you want to fix it.
This fix-it mentality that I have….it’s a weakness. A big one.
Really…who do I think I am?
So here I am four months and seventeen days later…and back to where I started. Working hard at trusting a God who is totally trustworthy. Doing…to the best of my very weak ability…what He asked me to do before….four months and seventeen days ago. “Stand and watch what I will do.”
When I was in college I traveled to Europe. I saw and did some amazing things. One memorable thing, was to see “Carmen” performed. Don’t be jealous. I watched it from the nose-bleed section of the Vienna Opera House in the standing-only section.
Have you ever stood in one small spot to watch an entire opera? Let’s just say it was extremely difficult. I wanted to sit down. It was painfully tiring to say the least. There I was, watching this incredible opera after spending a day of sightseeing, shifting from leg to leg. I remember the standing to see “Carmen” much more than anything from the performance.
Standing is not something we like to do.
If given a choice, and let’s be honest, we’d rather sit down. Especially to see an opera.
This trusting God is not something He has asked me to do sitting down.
He told me to stand. [Groan] And watch.
I am coming face-to-face with my weakness. I can barely stand. I want to sit down. Yet, it seems pretty clear to me that if I sit down I won’t get to watch God work. And believe me. I want to see Him work. I want to see a show of His greatness and His glory. I want to see His power and His might. I want to see His love and mercy and grace.
He is teaching me that when I am weak He is strong.
It’s through my weakness that I will get to see Him work in amazing ways….for His glory…and my good.
8 I begged the Lord three times to liberate me from its anguish; 9 and finally He said to me, “My grace is enough to cover and sustain you. My power is made perfect in weakness.”So ask me about my thorn, inquire about my weaknesses, and I will gladly go on and on—I would rather stake my claim in these and have the power of the Anointed One at home within me. 10 I am at peace and even take pleasure in any weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and afflictions for the sake of the Anointed because when I am at my weakest, He makes me strong. 2 Corinthians 12:8-10 The Voice
There is a time when I absolutely want to stand. A time when it totally goes against my spirit to sit.
It’s in church…when we corporately sing songs of praise…when we worship our great God.
Maybe this is a message God has for you. But, as I wrote this post, He had a message for me.
If I am to “stand and watch,” I need to stand in worship.
Worship Almighty, Loving, Just, and Merciful God. In awe. In humility. In gratitude.
It’s Joy Day!
Today is the day we stop and look back over the past week and count ‘seven.’ Seven things…the good and the not good…and choose to thank God for it all. When we do. Joy will come.
Do you need joy? Join me in the count. I’ll start:
I thank you God for…
- my weakness
- bowls of oatmeal
- a hidden bag of change
- the nourishment of my spirit each day through your Word
- a yummy home-smoked BBQ and potluck dinner
- time to ‘play’ in the yard
- the many prayers of friends and even those I don’t even know
Now…it’s your turn!
Scroll down to the “Share Your Thoughts” section below and tap in your ‘seven.’ It will change you. I dare you!! And if you discovered through the process that you want to do more. Join in the Joy Dare here.
Standing in JOY today,
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