Monday, October 17, 2011

The Thorns of Life

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."

Oh how I can relate to the Apostle Paul! Fibromyalgia has most definitely been my thorn in the flesh. I have pleaded more times than I can count for the Lord to take it away. And yet it remains. Why? It's a question that has gone through my mind for years. But the answer has always been in verse 9.

2 Corinthians 12 :9
"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. "

I realized this before like the time I a wrote a post boasting in my weakness. But I now understand it is something I have to constantly remind myself of especially on the rough pain nights when it's easy to believe that the pain is a punishment from God. But really it's quite the opposite. It's actually a gift. In fact I am so incredibly blessed to have this pain because it gives me a chance every second of every day to remember that I'm utterly dependent on God for everything. And how cool that in my weak, completely dependent state I get to see the power of God. Wow, I get to see the power of God everyday! The fact that I sleep through the night, wake up in the morning, get out of bed and get ready, take my 26 pills (mostly vitamins!) and have the physical and mental energy and strength to work is completely a miracle.

As Paul says in 2 Corinthians 12:9 I too "will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. "

What about you? What are the thorns and weaknesses in your life? I'd love to hear you boast in your weaknesses and share how you've seen the power of God!