2nd Corinthians 12:8-10
8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
“I got this. No problem.” Do you ever feel this way? The neighborhood cat Daisy triggered our Rascal dog to totally forget the wishes of his owners.
We were walking Rascal in the neighborhood when suddenly, I saw a flash of fur ahead of us in the near distance. Before I could react, the leash flew out of my hands with a big sudden jerk, trailing behind a disappearing Rascal around the corner of a house chasing Daisy…scared for her life. He’s loose!
A deep wrench of “why didn’t you” flashed before me as I ran with heart thumping …Why hadn’t I had a stronger grip on his leash. I clearly did not “have this” and there was a problem! Rascal is gone! Why, Why, why…
A busy street lay just ahead of Rascal’s disappearing tail. Roger disappeared around the other side of the house in an attempt to head him off. No such luck. As I ran, I prayed that Rascal would be found safe from danger away from the busy road in front of the house and Rascal would return to us. I caught my breath at the front of the house and surveyed the landscape with an eerie pause in time.
When time picked up again and I returned to the present, I saw Roger across the busy street and heard him yelling to me. “I see him! Rascal, come here”. A splash of light brown tail disappeared as an oops-I-forgot look appeared on Rascal’s face. He finally heard our voices, stopped dead in his tracks and faced us as Daisy disappeared behind the house.
Rascal cautiously approached Roger, much like us one of us might feel after being caught with a hand stuck in the forbidden cookie jar. Rascal slowly dipped his head, tentatively wagged his tail, bowing deeply as if asking for some compassion and understanding.
As this contrition unfolded, my heart reawakened me to how our loving God welcomes us as we truly observe our weaknesses in what we are doing to ourselves and others. Our thoughtless actions, our judgement and blame of others for hardships exhibit our human frailty in the way we forget how to put others first with Christ’s Love. I saw something beautiful happen in seeing the world through my husband’s eyes.
In the manner of Christ, he saw our forgetful, cat-chasing Rascal and felt his pup’s shaking, panting body. Rascal’s tail immediately wagged faster and he smiled. Rascal leaned into Roger and seemed to breathe easier as his leash was picked up. “Rascal! You heard my voice and came back to me when I called.” He was Home, loved in His master’s arms.
Later, as we rested, I felt such gratitude and love as Rascal jumped up and nestled close between us with a sigh. I reached out to pet his soft curly fur, he looked up, ears flopping open with deep, soft brown eyes melting into mine… I felt God’s Love whispering, I Love you. You are Mine.
Yes. We can say “I got this! No problem.“ But do we? Our Savior says, “Come to me. I Love you. No matter what, I will surround you with my Love and strengthen you throughout your life. My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Not our power, but His holds us.
My challenge to you:
Go into Scriptures as Corinthians 1 chapter 13 and read it twice daily. Learn what our Lord Jesus did and what we must do. Pray ceaselessly giving God praise and worshiping him. Come back home to Christ.
© 2021 Bonnie Louise Smith-Davis