What If It Never Changes?
Been laying in this bed just waiting for my legs to quit throbbing and my lower back to quit aching. My wife has seen this routine hundreds of times. She tries her best to relieve the pressure. I try my best to not get too discouraged by my constant reality. However, I can’t help but wonder….
What if this never changes this side of Heaven? What if this is a permanent thorn in my flesh? Can I bear the struggle without it overcoming me? Can I maintain the strength I’ve worked so hard to regain? I can answer all those questions very quickly. I absolutely can’t, but Christ in me can!
Unfortunately, none of us get to choose the thorn in our flesh. It seems to be chosen for us. We’re each in a season for a God appointed reason. A season that always requires us to be fully reliant on God. Only in Christ can we make it through and allow God to carry out His purpose through us.
“So to keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from becoming proud. Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. 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. 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. (2 Corinthians 12:7-10)