"I pray that...you may know...His incomparably great power for us who believe." Ephesians 1:18-19 (NIV)
Okay, hang with me here. This is going to start off a little strange...but I do know where it's going. :)
When I was little, my great-grandmother lived in a house with no indoor "facilities"...and most people used the outhouse. I didn't like it very much...ewwwwww...dirty, snake-y and spider-y. I preferred the cold, metal, (I think) porcelain covered white pot with the red rim...on the screened in back porch. Chilly..really chilly...but safer...and less dirty...and less made of wood!
I'm not really sure that this poem actually went with that potty experience, but that's the memory accompanying it.
Who took me from my warm, warm spot
And put me on this cold, cold pot?
Who said I could
When I could not?
"Mommy, I'm through!" (And that "through" is said in two syllables.) :)
So...do you ever feel that you've been plucked up from a nice, comfy situation...and placed in another that's not quite so comfortable...even uncomfortable? Are there voices...from those around you...or even just those in your head...that say, "You can!" when you're thinking, "There's no way on earth that I can do this!"? (And I didn't even begin to know how to punctuate that last sentence.)
Well, this is just a reminder...from God's Word that says "Yes, You Can!" We are told in Philippians 4:13 that "[We] can do all things through Christ who gives [us] strength." Did you get that? It doesn't have to be in our own strength...but in the strength He gives! In 2 Corinthians 12:9, Paul shares that the Lord said, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Can you believe that? He uses our weakness...our inability...to show His great power!! Paul went on to say, "Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me." Do you just love thinking about Christ's power resting on you!?!? And he continues in saying, "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."
Because of His incomparably great power!
So...wrap your arms around that! Yes, you can!!! Whatever it is! Yes, you can!!!
Just wait...before you know it, you will be able to say, "I'm through!"
Father, we're trusting You to be our sufficiency...to have Your power, that is incomparably great, resting on us. We yield our weakness to You, knowing that in You we can be strengthened! You are our Yes! Show us Your glory!