Several months ago I received three different prayer requests from three different friends all in the same week. Each one of the prayer requests explained a particular trial, and each one seemed bigger than the last. Although each prayer request was completely different, their common thread was that each friend was walking with the Lord and trusting in God with the impossible situation.
I found myself so disheartened as I spoke to my husband about all the pain and hurt in the world and how often we feel so limited in our ability to help others.
Yesterday I read a quote that spoke about how often our greatest ministry will stem out of our greatest hurt. I remembered how often God has used difficult circumstances in my own life as opportunities for me to testify to others of how even in the midst of the storm, I was never alone and He always brought me safely through the storm into the sunshine.
2 Corinthians 12 vs 8-10
“Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
As I continue to pray for the friends who are going through different struggles, I am so encouraged to witness how God has been gracious in that no one has been given too many struggles to be overwhelmed. The way that they have sought God’s face through their difficulties has been an encouragement to me and I can see how true it is that when we are weak, Christ’s power rests on us and makes us strong.