I’m a wreck.
Deep within me, there’s this desire to be perfect, and perfectly independent. I don’t want to have to rely on anyone.
Because deep down, there’s very few people I actually trust….
So… just let me take care of myself.
I mean, be my friend, yes! And hang out with me. Because I need to know that I’m loved.
Buuut… just don’t make me have to rely on you…. I know the day will inevitably come when you let me down, and that’s painful, so it’s just easier if we keep our emotional distance and I can maintain some sense of control….
But the problem is, so very often, I let my own self down.
I want to be strong, but find that I am weak.
I want to be smart, but realize I missed something when I was planning.
I want to be responsible, but then can’t find the energy to take care of myself or my home.
I want to be loved, but then isolate myself, because I’m too afraid to take the risk of finding that I’m not loved.
2 Corinthians 4:7-10 reads:
“Our bodies are made of clay, yet we have the treasure of the Good News in them. This shows that the superior power of this treasure belongs to God and doesn’t come from us. In every way we’re troubled, but we aren’t crushed by our troubles. We’re frustrated, but we don’t give up. We’re persecuted, but we’re not abandoned. We’re captured, but we’re not killed. We always carry around the death of Jesus in our bodies so that the life of Jesus is also shown in our bodies. “
This does a few things for me:
- I am not alone in feeling weak. The apostle Paul felt it too. He felt troubled and frustrated. He was persecuted and captured. He experienced weakness and challenges on various levels.
- My weakness is actually a reminder of God’s presence, and His surpassing power. The power of the Gospel lies within me, but my weakness reminds me that this power doesn’t come from me. It comes from God. And if the power that comes from God lives inside me, that means God lives inside me. He is helping me overcome!
- It’s when we’re in the hardest situations, that we can see the greatest miracles! When I am at my whit’s end, I have a promise that I will see the life of Jesus Christ revealed in me. It’s challenging feeling weak, troubled, and frustrated. I hate feeling that way. But, when things get the hardest, I often feel Christ the closest. And that is a sweet, gentle blessing!
Child, don’t give up. Keep pressing onward, by the power of Christ! Remember that, in your weakness, you are strong. His power is made perfect in our weakness.
If you feel weak, it’s ok. You don’t have to pretend you’re something you are not.
When you feel weak, just talk to Jesus, and know that He doesn’t judge you. He sees you where you’re at, and He loves you all the same.
Pray something like this:
Jesus, if I were to be honest, I’d say that I’m feeling pretty weak right now. I’m not sure what to do or where to go.
But I believe that Your strength is more vast than the depths of my weakness, and You have everything I need to make it through this season.
I trust Your love for me and I choose to have faith — to believe that, even when I can’t see myself making it through this season, Your love and power are still enough to carry me through.
Thank You that, with You, I can be honest, and I don’t have to pretend I’m someone I’m not. Thank You for loving and accepting me just the way I am! For providing grace on a basis of faith, not works.
Help me love You better and trust You more completely! Help me, and carry me through this season. I trust in You!
Thanks for reading! May you find grace and encouragement for your journey!
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- Peace and Faith in God
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Grace, peace, hope,