THOUGHTS FROM BRIAN
I caught myself struggling with something the other day and when I realized it, I became a bit frustrated with myself. I thought, “As long as I have been a Christian, why am I still struggling with this!” These imperfections don’t make it any easier as we continue to make plans for our move to Honduras. On top of struggling with my own limitations there are times I struggle and wonder if we have lost our minds and wonder if we will be able to raise the money we need and leave the life we have always known.
As I thought and prayed about it, I am reminded of the Apostle Paul’s statement in 2 Corinthians 12:7 about a “thorn” in his “flesh.” Paul states that the “thorn” remained even after he prayed for it to be removed. Here is a man who had prayed over people to be healed and they were healed. He prayed over people to cast out demons and the demons were cast out. Yet, when he prayed for himself God chose to leave the thorn along with these words for Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” I have come to realize that struggle is part of being human. In my own struggles I have come to understand that it takes a greater faith to walk with God when things are not perfect than when everything is going our way.
If you are going through struggles that are causing you to ask God “Why?” know that you are not the first person walking with God to face difficulties. Jesus did not ask Peter to walk on the water on calm seas. Jesus asked Peter to step out of the boat onto rough seas (Matthew14:22). Which takes the greater faith, to step onto smooth waters or to step onto rough seas? Which takes the greater faith, to pray for someone else’s healing when your own prayers for healing have worked or when your own prayers seem to go unanswered? Which takes the greater faith, to tell others of the greatness of God when you have overcome or when you are struggling? Which takes the greater faith, to praise God when you are happy or to praise Him through your tears? Which takes the greater faith, to dance when there is strength in your legs or to dance when you are weak? It takes the greatest faith to turn to God when there seems to be nowhere to turn and proclaim, “He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. (1 John 4:4).” Don’t give up or give in. Trust in the fact that God is with you and that he means it when he says, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”