Strength in the Quiet Moments
Each time He said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness. So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me” (2 Corinthians 12:9).
I was encouraged and revived. Excited to live my Saturday. It was short-lived. An irritation with a coworker, some selfish thoughts and attitudes and just like that, my glad heart gave way to resentment and frustration. Just one hour from rejoicing, I was now wanting to shut down and leave.
I knew something needed to change. So I did the only thing I knew to do - talk to my Jesus.
Tears fell. I unburdened my heart to the One who knew my thoughts already. I was willing to be weak. I didn't speak thanksgiving; I mumbled and complained, but I wasn't pretending. I felt alone and discouraged. I poured this out into Jesus' ear. I think these moments alone, these seconds of realness, are the ones that Jesus longs to be a part of, because they are the real me. But He doesn't want me to stay there. I can't be okay with just wallowing in my hard moments. His grace is sufficient. I took a deep breath, and I didn’t try to pretend I was strong anymore. I thanked Jesus for everything I could think of and pressed into who He says He is - strong. The transformation was not magical. I had to swallow my pride and have a difficult conversation with the coworker who hurt my feelings. I had to work a long day while feeling tired and alone. But Jesus was with me. His strength was sufficient. Praise Jesus for daily, moment-by-moment grace.
What is an area of weakness that you are unwilling to admit and lay at the feet of Jesus? What is a characteristic of God’s character that allows us to overcome said weakness? In what areas are you experiencing the grace of God currently?
Jesus, you are strong, and we are not. May we humble ourselves before you, embrace our weaknesses and press into your strength. Thank you for your grace that is moment-by-moment. Be at work in our hearts and lives. Amen.
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