In My Weakness

“My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:19

In my last devotion, I talked about how I broke my arm, and the reminder that it gave me to appreciate each moment because we never know what’s around the corner. Little did I know, a few days after writing that, I’d be facing another unexpected trial…

One week after getting a cast on my arm, my knee popped out and I fell again, this time, tearing a muscle in my knee. I haven’t been able to walk since. And I can’t use crutches because of my arm cast.

It’s been a huge change of pace for me.

Normally, I run around at high speed—from the gym to my kids’ school, from meetings to appointments, from errands to sports.

But my life has come to an unexpected halt.

I know that, compared to what some people endure, my recent trials are nothing.

But I’ll be honest: it’s been hard to constantly rely on others.

It’s been a huge life lesson, too.

And, for the first time, I think I truly understand that verse in 2 Corinthians. Because in my weakness, I’ve had to not only rely on others more than I normally do, I’ve had to rely on God more.

And in my weakness, He has made me strong.

He has lifted my chin when I’ve felt discouraged. He has given me patience when I’ve felt impatient. He has given me peace when I’ve felt frustrated. And He’s opened my eyes to the blessings that have come from my situation…long visits with family and friends, and extra time with my husband and kids.

I’ve been forced to slow down—really slow down—and I can already feel God working on my character…

“…for whenever I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:10

What about you? Is there a time in your life where you’ve been weak, but God has made you strong?

5 Responses to In My Weakness
  1. *~Michelle~*
    June 20, 2009 | 5:19 am

    wow…..great inspiration and ROCK on for speaking The Truth!

    Hmmmmmmmmm, I think I have gained most of my strength in my walk during these past few years as I have experienced many miscarriages. Feeling broken to the core….my only saving Grace was looking up to The Lord and praying for Him to carry me. We serve such an amazing God…..even when I felt so alone in the world when life was busily carrying on day to day…..I knew He was by my side, staying at my pace.

  2. Becky
    June 20, 2009 | 8:25 am

    So sorry to hear about your recent injuries…yuck! I was thinking about a time when I strong and my mind instead went to my mother in law. My father-in-law passed away a little over a year ago with lung cancer. He never smoked and well…it was a devastating shock and loss to our family. They had been married for 40 years and we were really worried that she wouldn’t be able to function without him. But much to our surprise God made her strong and gave her the grace that she needed to make it through. She is still lonely and I know she struggles, but without His continuing provision she would be incapable of moving on.

  3. Beth
    June 20, 2009 | 12:11 pm

    I’m so sorry all this has happened to you – but I’m so glad to know that the Lord has been faithful in your times of weakness! You ARE strong! Be blessed and know that you are lifted up in prayer as your recover!

  4. Genny
    June 20, 2009 | 2:10 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing Becky and Beth! And thanks for your words of encouragement.

  5. Drahdrah
    June 21, 2009 | 2:41 pm

    I’m sorry to hear about your difficult situation, and understand exactly what you are talking about. About 4 months ago, I made the decision to move back in with my ailing mother. I still felt physically weak from having had a baby 6 months earlier, but I knew that God would give me the strength to endure, and manage both taking care of my mom, and my baby. It’s been difficult, and I am struggling much more with the emotional than the physical side of it now, but I am getting through.