[…in constant touch with my limitations]
Me: I’m impossible
Andrew: No, you’re adorable
Me: I’m adorably impossible?
Andrew: No, you’re Improbable.
Me: I can’t be Improbable; I exist.
Andrew: See, you’re not impossible.
It was just a quirky conversation. I was down because I was feeling as if I bungle everything.
The devil would love nothing more than to keep me focused on myself, especially in a negative way. Why? Well, he hasn’t suceeded at inflating my ego, but only because the Lord has been kind enough to make sure that I don’t go down that road. How? He’s taught me; He’s warned me; He allows me to trip over myself; He corrects me; and I’ve got my handicaps. However, when I can’t see through the fog, God’s word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. (Psalm 119:105) He is faithful. ❤
Thankfully, when I’m struggling to do and say the right things, and I’m feeling as if I’ll never get this right, I’m reminded that it’s a gift to be weak. Jesus can work with those who can concede that they are weak–that is, if they are willing to trust Him to lead the way.
“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” –John 14:6
We may be limited, but our Creator is unlimited. Nothing is impossible for Him. (Luke 1:37, Luke 18:27) He can recast us. (Isaiah 64:8 , Jeremiah 18:4 ) Praise Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith, for His unfailing mercy and kindness.
“Because of the extravagance of those revelations, and so I wouldn’t get a big head, I was given the gift of a handicap to keep me in constant touch with my limitations. Satan’s angel did his best to get me down; what he in fact did was push me to my knees. No danger then of walking around high and mighty! At first I didn’t think of it as a gift, and begged God to remove it. Three times I did that, and then he told me, 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 12:9-10 The Message (MSG)
Music that Speaks
We all make mistakes, and we all have regrets. I love this song by Tenth Avenue North because it’s such a good reminder that Jesus is in our side. He wants to see us succeed. His mercy is greater than all our regrets, for He is strong when we are weak.
“But You take me as I am, a child. Yeah, You whisper in my ear, Let’s get up and try again.” –Tenth Avenue North/Greater Than All My Regrets