Days before I had to give a speech, a friend asked me how she could pray for me and I told her that I wished whatever words God brings me would bless someone.
She prayed that God gave me “Wings of Boldness.” I love that phrase. Wings of Boldness. But as I thought about it, I realize that what I really needed to be praying for is that I embrace my weakness.
Embrace our weakness?
What does weakness have to do with find God’s joy?
Everything! Even though no one wants to be thought of as weak, and most of us would prefer to be strong, there is a relationship between the two.
Think about a Venn diagram (I’ll post one with this episode). A Venn diagram uses overlapping circles to illustrate the similarities, differences, and relationships between an idea. Imagine two big circles, overlapping. In the middle, the empty space where they overlap is the idea. In today’s example, one circle is weakness, and the other is strength.
And what do you think is in the middle, empty space? Well Jesus, of course!
After decades and decades of years of life on this earth, I now know this: from Revelation 12:11, friends, it is the blood of the Lamb and our testimony that has power.
And that power is God’s Joy in us.
And only that joy will complete you.
My story is everything I’ve walked through, finally realizing that my early steps were definitely guided by the Lord but during the time in the middle as I became an adult, I wandered off his path. I now know that I was living in a time of weakness, looking for God’s strength.
My pastor spoke on a topic that really resonated with me, about David’s anointing in the first book of Samuel and he said a few things that really convicted me.
He talked about the fact that the prophet Samuel anointed David when he was still a young shepherd and thus began the preparation of him to become a king. But a lot happened before David was able to assume the throne. Saul was possessed by evil spirits, tried to kill David, David had to flee to the caves, David had to be broken before he could assume that throne. He already had a servant’s heart, but God knew he needed to have a heart of brokenness.
Jesus said to Paul, as he wrote in 2nd Corinthians, chapter 12 verse 9: “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Paul went on to say he would boast of his weakness! That’s how much he wanted Christ’s power to rest on him.
He wanted to be weak so that he would be strong in Christ. This is not the only place in scripture where we learn this lesson.
In Isaiah chapter 40, verse 29: “He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength.” NKJV
As for me, I had to wait to find what really mattered to me. I knew that God wanted me to start this podcast, but I really didn’t know what he wanted me to say and since I had been a journalist it was pretty easy for me to interview people who had amazing testimonies, but I believe he’s really been tugging on my heart to fully understand my own testimony and start to deliver that message. And I think it’s a message that will relate to a lot of people.
My testimony is this you can be a believer all your life without fully committing to the power of God. You can be a believer your whole life without fully understanding the joy that comes from the father the joy that completes you that makes you full.
I did find that joy, that rich, rich relationship with God. I understand how life is complete with him.
So, I encourage you today, to look at your life, and ask yourself:
Is my weakness made strong in Him?
I encourage you to turn to scripture to find the answer.
And reach out to your sisters in Christ. This community of women can support you, teach you and help you understand how your own story can help others.