2 Corinthians 12:7-10
And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.
For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.
And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
This portion of Scripture has a special meaning to me in my life. In the darkest hour of my life, I clung onto this passage, and the Lord made a divine intervention in my situation. However, let’s start by breaking down these Scriptures to give you a clearer idea of what is being said...
If you don’t know me, I work for a school filled with preschoolers. Making sure that these kids are not busting their heads open I have learned many things from them. One thing that has always caught my eye is the reaction when they saw their parents. From enjoying their time with friends and playing in the sandbox, these kids would run straight to their parents and give them the biggest hug, but then I noticed Emily. I noticed Emily crying her eyes out and screaming for her mother who just arrived but then had left to talk to her teacher without telling Emily where she went. Then I thought about my walk with God.
What I learned from Emily and these kids is that the love she had for her parents defined how she would approach her parents. Luke 10:27 points out that a true love for God requires everything from us: our mind, heart and soul. The kids would drop everything that they were doing and run straight to parents, and we should do the same with our God. If our relationship with God is truly valued, then any change would be noticed. Emily embraced her mother with the biggest hug, but when her mother left, a state of panic took over Emily. Whenever a relationship with God hits the rocks, a state emergency must take over us and evaluate what has driven us to that state. When King David returned to Ziklag, he found the city destroyed, his wives captured, and chaos that drove him to depression. This was the same man who chased after God’s own heart but was now in ruin. His reaction? He went straight to God and God with certainty gave him the victory over the people who caused great damage.
There was nothing I could do to comfort Emily until her mother came back. In the matter of a few seconds, Emily went from crying a river to being overjoyed and smiling again. I can guarantee the same will happen with us as Christians.
God takes us through loops in life. At times it leaves us feeling as if we’re on a never ending roller coaster ride. We ask when will this ever end? Or if at all possible may I press a little red button and stop the ride. Then just sometimes, you have those days when you say, “Alright God, where ever we go as long as you’re with me I can make it.”
I know what my trial is about…It’s about Character…Do I really have the character He wants? The Character He needs or wants me to have?
“Remember how the LORD your God led you through the wilderness for forty years, humbling you and testing you to prove your character, and to find out whether or not you would really obey his commands.” Deuteronomy 8:2 NLT
The New King James translation reads– “And you shall remember that the Lord your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart...”
Insomnia at it's best
Mind is running, but my body wants rest
Million thoughts running through my brain
Full speed freight train
Adagio for strings streaming in the background
My purpose for life has yet to be found
Thinking of life's pain that brought me to the ground
He lifted me up to see the light
My, what a wonderful delight
People come and people go