But He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness."2 Corinthians 12:9
I know I am not where I want to be in the rehabilitation process. With my stroke two years behind me, I still need a lot of help. A potential part-time job doing meaningful work did not come together as it appeared it would. The prospect of driving a car seems, at best, a long way off. Worry has set in.
But God’s words to Paul as he begged for the “thorn in his flesh” to be removed obviously gave Paul comfort. In the magnificent way that the inspired Word of God works, it comforts me, too.
My worth is not based on my ability to help, earn, or drive. Setbacks in my recovery or failing to meet goals may provide a bigger platform to display God’s grace and power. If tasks are completed out of my strength, God’s role in the process is diminished. If, on the other hand, something is done from weakness, God alone receives the glory.
These are tough truths for all of us. No one wants to admit weakness. But trusting that God’s grace is sufficient will help us inch out of despair and gain strength to move forward trusting Him.
“Do not let earthly care impede. For great your strength when great your need.” (Carl G. Boberg, 1885)