[…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 1:37Luke 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

 

17 thoughts on “It’s Improbable She’s Impossible

  1. Love this post!. Even when we feel weak, God is making us strong in the process. Such blessing!.
    And the verse reference, love it – it boost my faith anytime I recall it.
    Even when we are weak – we are strong!

  2. “it’s a gift to be weak” – This is true! It’s so counter to what we learn in our culture, though. Pride tells us to be strong in our own selves and to feel sorry for ourselves if we are weak. There is strength in the very admission of the truth that we are weak without the strength that God gives us.
    I don’t think I’ve ever read those verses in the Message Bible before. That’s such a good way of phrasing it.
    God bless! 🙂

    1. Yeah, I’ve never read the paraphrase of this verse in the Message before either. I really like it. It helps to put weakness in the most positive light. 😊 Pride absolutely does tell us to be strong, but that only creates a tug of war between self and God.

      This year the Holy Spirit really stressed not leaning on my own understanding. It’s hard. I like to figure things out, but God wants us to seek His help, so, I definitely keep tripping over myself, but it always teaches me so much when I do. Then, in my grief, He goes and reminds me that His grace only increases. I’m glad! I need that grace!

  3. In our weakness Christ strength is made perfect. Our weaknesses keep us humble and dependent on our God and He is glorified when we leave it in His hands and just trust Him.

  4. In our weakness His strength is made perfect. We can do all things through Christ Who gives us strength. Thanks Tina for the reminder to keep our eyes on Him.

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