As much as I would like to do it all in my own strength, the more I walk with the Lord the more that I realize how much I need to depend on Him for His Strength and His Grace. The more that I speak and the more that I listen to the words of those around me, the more I realize the importance of His Word and the importance of listening to His Voice.
Our poor youngest daughter woke up with a sty in her eye yesterday that caused her great discomfort and pain. The more that she rubbed at it, the more that it hurt and irritated her. After three trips to different pharmacies to try and find the right medication, I eventually sat her on my lap to try and put the ointment in her eye.
The reaction she gave me was one of pure fury as her two year old little fists rubbed furiously to try and get the offending cream out of her eye. In all of the frustrations and learning curves over the past two years, this was the angriest I had ever seen her.
Eventually I watched her sleep after thirty minutes of fighting, back rubbing and story telling. By the evening her eye was looking much better, even though had it been up to her she never would have taken the medicine.
2 Corinthians 12 vs 7-9
“To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. 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.”
As always I struggle to understand watching others go through pain, as much as I struggle to understand when I go through pain. Paul’s words are such a good reminder of the Sovereignty of God and how His Grace is truly sufficient for us, and how His power is made perfect in weakness.
The next time I get my own eye infection (or thorn in my flesh), my prayer is that I will not throw a tantrum when my Father God applies the cream needed for it to heal. May I have the attitude of Paul that I will boast about my weaknesses so that Christ’s power may rest on me.