The Strong One

In the past, whenever life hit me hard, I would always find myself asking God to give me strength. "Lord increase my strength. Make me stronger. Give me the strength to get through this." Now, I'm not saying that there is anything wrong with this prayer. Would should always look to God to strengthen us. But for me, especially recently, this prayer was coming from the wrong place and my mindset within it desperately needed to be changed.

November 2015 had admittedly been the craziest and toughest month of my entire life! I'm talking faith shaking, life-altering, mind-boggling, knee buckling, tough! And with all that was required of me to help me and those I love get through it, my strength tank was slowly tipping its way to 'E'. I was asking God over and over for strength because, in my situation, I needed to be the strong one. Strong was all I was ever taught to be, what people were praying for me to be, and what I thought I needed to be. Until I realized that didn't make a lick of sense.

Here's why:

2 Corinthians 12:9 - "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 weakness, so that Christ's power may rest on me."

How is His power/strength made perfect in my weakness if I'm trying so hard to avoid or deny my weak moments? It's not to say that God won't still move or won't still be God and work miracles on my behalf if I do. What I learned, though, is that there is a peace that comes with just admitting to the weak moments and letting God work from there.

I think of it like this. When a couple, or family, or any people in any type of a relationship go through something hard, typically someone steps up or is asked to be the "strong one". The other person, even though times are hard, is given a bit of extra comfort and peace knowing that someone else is being strong and handling the tough stuff for them. When I was honest with God about my weak moment, I asked God to be the strong one. The peace that came with knowing He would step into that place and would never fail was a better peace than I've ever known.

My Point: It's ok to admit to God when we are weak. No matter how much we ask for strength, there is no greater strength than Him acting on His own.

Isaiah 61:3 "And provide for those who grieve in Zion... to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of despair..."