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.” 2 Corinthians 12:8-9
It was late; well past bedtime, I was sitting in my car in the parking lot of BJ’s. I was alone, frozen in shock, and my world was crashing down around me.
Learning of lies and betrayal had tears falling as the shock slowly thawed. My marriage was over. I remember the despair and fear I felt as I thought of the future. What was I going to do? I will admit that I cried long and hard but eventually found myself leaning on the only thing I knew would keep me strong.
My relationship with Jesus.
His love held me tight as my marriage died. His presence filled me as I looked to Him for how to walk through this new normal I found myself in. His grace enabled me to walk the path He wanted me to walk.
When I think of the grace Jesus showed the world before his death, I am simply in awe. To think of how he was beaten and mocked but still prayed God would forgive them is an example of the grace I wanted to share. I see God’s Grace as His Spirit working in me and guiding me to act and treat others in a manner pleasing to Him.
There was no way I could do this alone; I needed his divine influence to guide me.
We can choose how we move forward.
Everyone goes through hardships that mock our past, stills our present, and taints our future….if we let it.
As I look at verse 9 of 2 Corinthians 12, my eyes zero in on the words grace, sufficient, and weakness. I desperately wanted to have God’s grace, to react as He would have reacted to wrongs done to him. This verse gave me hope and courage to be obedient, knowing that He would show me the way when I was at my weakest. The Lord would use it to show His glory.
It’s a beautiful thing to know that while we may feel broken inside, we can trust the Lord to give us His strength. When we open our heart and soul to him, the majesty of who he is will reveal the miracle that He is.
Even more, as I healed, people saw a transformation, a strength I didn’t have before. That strength was God’s grace and his grace alone. It’s a gift He extends to us all; we need to open our hearts to Him and accept it.
Trusting God in your faith
You may be in the middle of a situation that has you wondering how to move forward. You may feel scared and alone but know you are not. Our Savior is big enough to handle any hurt or injustice done. Not only does God say he will never leave us nor forsake us, but his grace will set you free. Free in the sense that you can lean on him in your most dire times, knowing his grace will sustain and strengthen you.
Heavenly Father, I thank you for the grace you so willingly give to me. I ask that you pour out your grace and fill me with your strength in my moments of weakness; I pray your glory and grace shine through me for the world to see the power of your grace. Amen.