Weakness has the power to break you down, and completely destroy you. But, when we find the joy in our weakness and give thanks for it, we are trusting in God. Part 5 of our 7 part Everyday Thanksgiving series.
Everyday Thanksgiving // Weakness
Have you ever been asked in an interview, “What you would say your biggest weakness is?” If you’re like me, you’ve probably said something that is a weakness disguised as a strength, like you can’t start a project without finishing it. But what about your honest answer? A weakness that follows you around wherever you go, popping up unexpectedly, threatening to wreck your plans and dreams. One that you would do anything to hide from others and even from God.
If you’ve had something eating away at you, making you feel inadequate and unworthy, you aren’t alone. This weakness keeps you from truly being your authentic self because you are fearful of what people would think if they found out, believing that you can’t get anything right. Our time is spent beating ourselves up, keeping our voices quiet, holding things in, afraid to be known.
God is Bigger than Weakness
If I step back to look at God’s entire plan, I am sure there is a reason I have felt free from my own weakness at certain points in life. I’ve had fearless moments and times where I have felt completely crippled by fear. My first time leaving the US was after my senior year of high school for a mission trip to Puerto Rico. It was my first time flying since I was a kid and while we were sitting in the gate a part of me didn’t even believe I could board the plane. Somehow my legs got me onto the plane and to my seat when that same feeling set in. It was a panicked, fight or flight feeling where my body was definitely leaning toward flight. After we landed and spent the rest of the day exploring Old San Juan, I was still fighting this panic and doing everything I could to hide it.
The next day I found myself sitting in the van on the way to our location where we would be working with different ministries. All of my friends had fallen asleep and our leaders were quietly chatting at the front of the van. I was looking out over the rolling mountains of Puerto Rico when I realized, God is so much bigger than my weaknesses. If His plan is better than we could ever fully understand, He had to have a better plan for my weaknesses.
God’s Power is in Every Moment, Not Just When You Need Him.
Moments where we feel strong make us feel like we can take on the world. They motivate us to go do things and make things happen. We sometimes end up putting God into a little box and setting Him on a shelf until we need Him, losing focus of our Creator’s plan and our place in it, concerned only of our “real lives.” Our eyes shift from Him and His many blessings in our lives until all we notice is what our lives are lacking. The emptiness, the holes.
He completely understands our weaknesses because He once walked in our place.
“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us in confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” – Hebrews 4:15-16
Weakness by definition means the state or condition of lacking strength. Other words for weakness are fragility and delicacy.
There are still moments when I find myself feeling that exact same panic as I did on that plane to Puerto Rico. I have done everything from getting frustrated with myself and lack of progress, to trying to hide it so know one else knows. But God is trying to tell me the same thing He was then. During my braver moments I often feel like a different person. When I am a little broken with weakness, God uses me to do crazy things where I feel braver than I ever imagined I could be.
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, than I am content with weaknesses… For when I am weak then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:8-9
It is as if by putting a circumstance in our lives that make us feel weak and incapable, God is revealing to us how He is changing our small living.
Joy in Weakness is Trusting God
By giving thanks and finding joy in our weakness we are choosing to trust Him. This allows His strength to cover and restore these weak points in our lives. You were called to more than your weakness. Your weakness is not in your life to cause you pain or trip you up. Let it remind you to allow yourself to be weak, so that your Creator can be strong in you. Whatever season of life surrounds you right now, keep your eyes on God so that you can see His goodness all over.
Practicing thanksgiving for your weaknesses continues to train your heart to see His glory first. Rest in the fact that He is doing immeasurably more than you could imagine because He loves you immeasurably more than you could imagine.
For today’s challenge, I want you to sit down with this idea of weakness and think through what it means to bask in those areas that you are not strongest in, and what it looks like to give it all to the Lord. Take sometime to sit, journal, and reflect through this, becuase when you recognize something and are able to point it out- then you start to see transformation in your life.
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