Thursday, October 21, 2010

Learning to Appreciate the Gift of Weakness

Because of the extravagance of those revelations, 
and so I wouldn't get a big head, 
I was given the gift of a handicap 
to keep me in constant touch with my limitations. 
Satan's angel did his best to get me down; 
what he in fact did was push me to my knees. 
No danger then of walking around high and mighty! 
At first I didn't think of it as a gift, 
and begged God to remove it. 
Three times I did that, and then he told me,

   My grace is enough; it's all you need.
   My strength comes into its own in your weakness.

Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. 
I quit focusing on the handicap 
and began appreciating the gift. 
It was a case of Christ's strength moving in on my weakness. 
Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, 
these limitations that cut me down to size—
abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. 
I just let Christ take over! 
And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become. 

2 Corinthians 12:7-10 msg 

Every day bits of it is revealed.
Some days more than others.

Too often I fight it.
I don't want it.

As I come before You
asking You to take it from me,
You whisper a sweet secret to my heart.

This is how your life can have more of Me.

This is a gift. 

This ties your heart to mine in a way
nothing else can.

Embrace weakness. 

Embrace me.

Your weakness draws you to me,
your guard drops down
allowing me to work —
to be strong in you.

Come to Me.

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