Some mornings we wake up and we suddenly realize it’s gonna be one of those days. I call it BDS (Bad Day Syndrome). I recently woke up with a severe case of BDS. My alarm went off at 5:30 on a Sunday morning so I could get up and begin my morning routine. I didn’t get up. I stared at it and said, “NO!” I reset it for 6:30 and again it went off and again I said, “NO!” What I was really thinking was, “Not today Satan!” But of course, it wasn’t Satan trying to get me out of bed to pray.
When I finally got out of bed I stumbled into the kitchen to fill my cup with water and my roommate chose that morning to walk up behind me and give me a scare. The joke was on him, I turned around threw my water at him and stormed out of the room. I did immediately come back apologize and tell him it was a rough morning.
Finally, I tried to open my Bible and read, but for whatever reason this day all motivation was gone. I had no energy to begin reading His precious Word. I knew today was gonna be rough. I didn’t have the energy to pursue a fresh word, but I knew where I could find something to keep me going. I opened my prayer journal and began to skim writings from the past few days and I came across this scripture.
2 Corinthians 12:8-10 (NLT) Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. 9 Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 10 That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
I knew I was in a moment of very real weakness. I knew if I tried to go through that Sunday in my own strength, I would fail and end up in a bad situation. I kept this verse on my mind every moment that day, reminding myself that my strength is from Jesus. Letting Him be my strength I made it through the day with a good attitude.
We naturally want to hide our weaknesses, but in doing so we actually increase their power in our lives. We have to admit when we’re weak and surrender those weaknesses to the Lord so that He can demonstrate His power through those weaknesses.
I am not where Paul was that I can take pleasure in my weakness, however, I can recognize that by not trying to cover it up I gave God an opportunity to work in my life!
What are you going through in life? Maybe you are feeling weak, persecuted, chewed up and spit out, or maybe you’re just plain at the end of your rope. Wherever you find yourself today, I want to encourage you not to give up. Rather, lift your head up. Look to God in the midst of all your weakness. Don’t try to put on a brave face or a strong mask. Be vulnerable. It is in our brokenness that He is able to work the best.
Psalm 34:18-20 (NLT) The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed. The righteous person faces many troubles, but the Lord comes to the rescue each time. For the Lord protects the bones of the righteous; not one of them is broken!