2 Corinthians 12:9
As Christians, often times we feel like we have to put on this facade, as if we live a perfect life. But, it isn’t like that at all. In fact, as believers, we find that we experience even more pain, hurt, and betrayal as we surrendered our lives to Christ.
Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Cor 12:9
In the midst of my weakness, this is what God was teaching me:
I needed others – I never allowed people to see how broken I was. I only let people see enough to relate to me. There was no way I would let them see that my life was in shambles. I never wanted to be a burden to others.
He reminded me that He is my only source of strength – Restoration began when I realized that Christ was my ONLY strength. Every day I tried to do life with my own strength and failed.
Nothing is wasted – These moments are only temporary, but the fruit I bear from these seasons will last. I will come out stronger and the power of Christ will be magnified in my situation and in my life. He will never waste a single hurt in my life.
Dear sister, it’s okay to admit that your life is a mess and that you need Christ and other believers. You don’t have to share everything with everyone, and I encourage you to practice discernment when opening up to others. But understand that you’re not alone. Open up to other sisters and ask for prayer. We are reminded in Matt. 18:20:
“For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”
Yes, God is there. He has never left your side. He wants to hear from you. He doesn’t want you to carry burdens you were never intended to carry. He doesn’t want you to spend your life pretending. He doesn’t want you performing as though you are strong all on your own. God’s strength begins where your weakness ends. Admit today that you cannot, but He can.
Carmen Miller, Whole Magazine