“Do I look like I need your help?”
Hiking through Rock Creek Park always feels like soul food for this city girl. It’s the much longed for breathing space in the midst of a full and fast paced life. I love the smell of nature, the sound of the leaves crunching beneath my feet and the wonder of the sunlight kissing the trees in the slight breeze.
As I was wandering through the woods a few days ago, I came upon frail looking, elderly woman with a cane, struggling up the hill. My immediate reaction was to help her on the path that obviously had become an obstacle with her handicap.
As I reached out to help her, she whipped around and shook her cane at me vehemently protesting any inkling I had of assisting her ascent.
“I don’t need your help or anyone else’s, do I look like I need your help?” she shouted.
Ha…well apparently NOT.
As I turned to leave her to struggle on, I heard God whisper, “Hey, sometimes that’s you. I see your struggle as you look at the obstacle in front of you. What you consider a handicap or an impossibility is the very place that is actually an invitation for me to show you my strength.”
My grace is enough; it’s all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness. Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ’s strength moving in on my weakness. Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size—abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become”
2 Corinthians 12
Perhaps like me you’ve thought “Once I get this together then I can get moving towards the dream.” The problem is that if we don’t invite God into the process we are only putting band aids on something that only God can heal, restore and redeem!
For me the daily invitation into my weakness sets me up for a win.
So then I quit focusing on the handicap and begin to appreciate the gift of discovering his strength when I’m weak.
Imagine with me what it would look like in your life if every time you encountered an impossibility, you realized it was actually a doorway to invite God in to show off his strength?
Wow…what we could actually accomplish would be mind boggling! Praying for you friend today, that you discover throw off the shame of the weakness and invite God into your ‘handicap”.
Lets grow together! Share with us how you’ve invited God into your impossibilities and handicaps?