“You are the riches and valuables within me. My weakness, instead of something to push against, is the entry ticket for your strength and power.” — Jesus Every Day: A Journey Through the Bible in One Year by Mary DeMuth
As I read these words, they offer sweet reassurance of being significant in God’s sight even when chronic illness, weakness and weariness can keep me sidelined for weeks or months.
Withdrawal may have negative overtones but it also suggests seeking the best for our weary souls. We can take heart that we are seen, known and cherished by God.
We can rest in the knowledge of being no less worthy because we are weak and fatigued and have to pull back from busyness and connectivity for our health or sanity’s sake.
We’re not forgotten by the One who flung stars into space and knows us more intimately than we know ourselves. Because He sees our pain and has the perfect remedy.
In return for our willing surrender, God offers us His unconditional love, mercy, forgiveness and grace. These are untarnishable treasures that shine like sparkling gems during life’s dark seasons.
Our weakness can feel like a fatal flaw to be covered up or ignored. But what if we tried to take it to God and ask for His strength and help? Because Jesus is the richest, strongest thing about you and me.
He alone is the greatest treasure our hearts are always seeking for, though we often chase after far lesser worldly goods that drain and deplete our souls.
I choose to trust God’s loving kindness and His heart even if I don’t always understand or like my circumstances. In order to do those things, you and I will need holy wisdom and discernment to be our guides in achieving a more balanced, contented, centred life.
An honest appraisal helps, especially if we ask pertinent questions, such as: Are we giving our precious time and energy to the wrong people or things? Could we cut back on certain activities or devolve our responsibilities? How do we truly prioritise our health and increase our strength?
Simplicity becomes the key to a calmer mind and heart, a better rested body. When we try to get the measure of our days, we begin to discover what weakens us, what helps or hinders our health, and harms or helps our spiritual progress, including pushing on when God says pause.
Opposition and distraction might stall us for a while, but we can also anticipate improvement to come when we put new soul strengthening measures in place and overcome the barriers, with God’s help.
God is teaching us, through our human frailty and weakness, to fully depend on Him. He reaches out with great compassion, calls our name and whispers His desire for us to lean on Him for all things.
Are you feeling fragile or weak today, my friend? There is hope. God wants to take the stress, strain and pressure out of our lives by reminding us that our weakness is no barrier to His grace and love, and He longs to lift and strengthen us.
We might deny, try to press past or feel ashamed of our weakness, but it becomes an open door for receiving God’s help, power and strength. Over time, we can experience positive and lasting change on the inside, at least.
“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” — Isaiah 41:10 NLT
PS: I’m grateful for the strength to share these words with you, and thankful for your grace while I continue to rest and recover from a health setback causing extra weakness. xo 🙂 ❤