I am not a healthy hiker. I would love to be and hope someday for complete healing, but at this point in time, I am not.
It feels good to be healthy and sucks (sorry, Mom, I hate that word too, but it fits in this instance) to be weak, yet God tells us we are strong WHEN we are weak. How so? If we have anything to boast about in weakness, it is that our strength is in the Lord. No doubt enters our mind, “Was that me or Him?” We KNOW it was Him because we were totally unable to DO what was required.
Have you been there? Completely unable, within yourself, to be sufficient for the task at hand. You know the task must be done and yet there is no strength. You ask for His strength, His love, His endurance to get you through and suddenly you’re able to walk, to forgive, to hold fast to the end. Tears turn to joy, frowns to smiles. Failure in holding fast turns to victory in abiding under. Ask God for the strength to endure. Request of Him the sufficiency to make it through.
“To accept God is to admit failure, a step we are hesitant to take. We opt to impress God with how good we are rather than confessing how great He is. We dizzy ourselves with doctrine. Burden ourselves with rules. Think that God smiles on our efforts.
God’s smile is not for the healthy hiker who boasts that he made the journey alone. It is, instead, for the crippled leper who begs God for a back on which to ride.” ~Max Lucado
We do not make requests of You because we are righteous, but because of Your great mercy. ~Daniel 9:18
If I have to boast I will boast of what pertains to my weakness…He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore, I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong. ~2 Corinthians 11:30; 12:9-10
I am a crippled leper and am so thankful for the ride.