I may be weak…

Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. // 2 Corinthians 12:9

I was talking with my friend Meg about how our culture teaches us to minimize pain and weakness, to numb it, hide it, and power through the symptoms instead of working with the root of the real issue.

Can we be finished with the illusion of perfection that masks authenticity and obstructs true community? Can we be finished with the hustle to prove we’re okay instead of letting the Spirit do his thing? Can we be finished with trying to fix pain in ourselves and others instead of leaning into it and sitting with Jesus there?

Illusion, hustle, + quick fixes imply that healing is our job and depends on our power and strength. But I don’t have any power despite what pride may lead me to believe. I’ve slammed face-first into the end of my strength enough times to know that I can’t do it. I don’t want that responsibility.

But at the end of ourselves, if we think about it, we’ve seen Jesus lift our head when our own strength was gone. We’ve seen him work in the details, in the people who show up for us, in the powerful, strange coexistence of joy and pain.

When we lean into the Father in the middle of our weakness, we see that everything good and strong in ourselves actually comes from him.

“I may be weak, but your spirit’s strong in me. My flesh may fail, but God you never will.”

– Elevation Worship

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