By: Judah Thomason
“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 of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)
Often, we underestimate God. We underestimate and doubt his goodness, faithfulness, and will for our lives. I know I do, and I’m pretty sure I’m not alone. This verse from 2 Corinthians has been an anthem for me these last few months, trying not to confine myself to my mistakes, and that even I can do more than I think I can. Guess what? God can also do more than I think He can.
This past week some friends and I attended a prayer meeting to help do some prayer ministry. While we were there we saw a wonderful and beautiful friend who, over the past few months, we had been praying for, a lot. There, in her arms, her long awaited prayers were answered. This lady had become an adoptive mom to a beautiful baby boy. I’m sure she’d love to give her testimony on such a life-changing experience sometime, so I won’t tell all the details. Just know that my friends, her and her husband, and her whole community were waiting for God to make a move, for a very long time. When we arrived at the prayer meeting and saw this new mother with her beautiful son, we started to cry. Now, this seems like an abnormal emotion at such an event, shouldn’t we be exploding with happiness? Well we were. God had answered a prayer, and I saw his faithfulness, I saw his goodness, and I saw him working His will in this woman’s life. It was real and substantial. He was working in a way I hadn’t really seen before. I realized that God works in ways I literally couldn't come up with or dream of. My happiness was expressed with tears of joy that her prayers had been answered and that God cares even for the desires of a child. The woman would’ve been fine without kids and had a great life. But, God desires more for her and for us! He wants us to have an extraordinary and blessed life. The mother told my friend and I that she would’ve had it no other way, and that God had worked in her in that waiting time. I’m telling you, God provides.
Recently I had a conversation with a girlfriend about dating and how it’s so hard for her because she feels so ready to be in a relationship, and there seem to be no good guys around. While only God can tell when we are ready for a relationship or how our hearts are moving, He doesn’t ever deprive us of what we need. When we come to terms with that, we can have peace knowing that we don’t lack our necessities, and that God provides. The girl seemed less than convinced. She thought that a boyfriend meant she’d be happy. I told her to look at it this way: even if you feel ready for a relationship, or anything in your life, God might be preparing the other person, and moving them on their journey. The lady who adopted the son could’ve been ready for years to be a mother, but God was having her wait so He could give her this baby, who wasn’t born until this year. Some people meet their spouses in high school, and some don’t meet them until they’re fifty, when they have lived a lot of life already and been finely sculpted into who they are. Maybe some people pursue a religious vocation for eight or more years and then God moves them to think about marriage! The point is, GOD CAN DO IT. He can do it all. He is limitless. We are not worthy, we aren’t needed to help God, we aren’t perfect, we aren’t even faithful most days; yet God works with us, because His divine power is made perfect in our blank-slate of weakness. We can let Him use us in crazy and amazing ways, if we can embrace the weaknesses as possibilities and opportunities for God’s grace. Just like Saint Paul said, “That is why, for the sake of Christ, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Cor 12:10)
One last story I wanted to tell you in this blog post, that will hopefully bring you some joy, is a little intro to the show “The Voice”. I don’t know how many of you have seen it, but it’s a singing performance show that is based on four celebrity coaches choosing the auditioning candidates for their team. In this show, they have battles where one singer is paired against another one from one of the coach’s teams. They battle and the coach gets to decide which of the two artists they want to keep on their team. The loser of the battle goes home, that is, unless they get “stolen” by another coach (as you can tell, I like this show)! Whenever a singer loses you’re devastated for them. They just lost on national TV in front of thousands of people and now they have to go home. Then a coach decides to steal and a buzzer goes off and everyone goes wild as the contestant is given another opportunity. I feel like this is how it is in my life and in many others’ as well. I am faced with a trial, I battle and try hard and am proud of myself. I think God will bring me one way and I put God in a box and tell him to work in that space. However, we can’t place limits on God. He has no limits. We might think we are going home, it’s the end of the battle and we lost. But, he has a plan to steal us back in some way, and you and everyone else cheer as you’re given another chance. Here is the thing: He is always knocking. All we have to do is respond to His constant call. Now understand that this doesn’t mean His grace is only working when you accept Him, but when we boast in our weakness, when we say yes to Jesus Christ, we are strong.
So, my dear blog reader, place not limits on God. He is One who provides. He is the King of Kings and His strength is sufficient for you.
Judah is a high school senior this spring, looking forward to interning with Be Love Revolution this summer and next year. She loves to play sports, sing, write, and spending time with be love revolutionaries is probably her favorite past time. She hopes you enjoy the blog!