Thursday, May 22, 2014

God's Grace is Sufficient

Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it [Paul's thorn in the flesh] 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. 10 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.
2 Corinthians 12:8-10

My daughter Namine was born with a multitude of genetic defects, the most visible being something called caudal regression syndrome. It's a rarer cousin of spina bifida, occurring in 1 in 25,000 live births. CRS affects the spine, pelvis, legs, and feet; Namine was born with unmoving knees, club feet, dislocated hips, and shortened femurs. As a result, her primary means of getting from one place to another is her wheelchair. And she is five going on sixteen, wondering at anything and commenting on everything. We went on a walk the other day, and conversation turned serious.

"Daddy," she said, "how come you can walk with your legs?"

"That's just the way God made me," I responded.

We walked in silence for a while. Then she said, "Daddy?"

"Yes?"

"Sometimes I get mad that I can't walk."

"Do you get mad at me, or other people?"

"No, I just get... I get a little mad at myself. And sad."

We don't always know why God made us the way He did.  I myself am clinically depressive; I have fought it my entire life, and must continue to do so.  Paul never tells us in his letter to the Corinthians what his thorn in the flesh is; what he does tell us is that God never took it away.  As hard as it can be at times, through all our insecurities and doubts, we can always lean on God. His grace is sufficient.

PRAY: Heavenly Father, help us to remember to depend on You, not on ourselves. Remind us that Your love and grace are sufficient for us. In Your name we pray, Amen.

-Paul

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