Friday, November 18, 2016


"That is why, for Christ’s sake,
I delight in weaknesses,

in insults, in hardships,
in persecutions, in difficulties.

For when I am weak,
then I am strong."
(2 Corinthians 12:10)

My least favorite part of this time of year isn't the holiday bustle, the cold chill in the air, or the threat of slick roads. Instead, it's the myriad of germs that seem to find their way into my system repeatedly over the span of fall and winter months.

My work as a school library aide lends to numerous opportunities to pick up nasty illnesses that continually ripple through classrooms and students...and onto their books! Sickness is not only inconvenient and disruptive to our routines, but also weakens our bodies and sets us on edge.

Yet there's an up-side, even to illness. When we're sick, our bodies crave rest. We're forced to slow our pace, allowing more time to dwell on our spiritual health...if we choose to do so. Often our schedules are so crammed and hurried, it takes something such as an illness or accident to still our minds and humble our hearts.

2 Corinthians tells us that it's when we are weak, that we are strong. When we're well, and things are running smoothly, we often lose sight of God's interaction in our lives. But when we're weakened by sickness or injury, we rely more heavily on the Lord's strength to carry us through. 

John 15:5 reminds us that "without Christ we can do nothing" least nothing of any eternal value. It's in our weakened state that we realize our dependence on the Father. Next time you're bitten by a bug or find yourself holed up due to a health issue or injury, why not put that time to good use by spending a little more one-on-One time with the Lord, and allow Him to heal you both body and soul?

When has God spoken deeply into your heart? I'd love to have you share your experience.

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