One of the things that I see people try to hide most often is their own weaknesses. When I first came to my current school it seemed that I displayed all my weaknesses before everyone because I was so broken from the last two relationships I was in. (If you haven’t read my blog about that you can read it here.) When I came back the next semester I felt that I just had to be stronger. I felt that if people saw my weakness they would begin to treat me differently again. If they saw my weaknesses they wouldn’t respect me. So I came back, got hit with a trial, and here I was again. Weak. Vulnerable. Hurt.
So many people in the body of Christ are in a weak, vulnerable, and hurt state. Here is the good news coming straight out of the GOOD NEWS in 2 Corinthians 12:9-10, “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.”
In this scripture GOD is saying to boast in the face that we truly are weak and we don’t have it all together. Sometimes I have to remind myself of this. No one in the body of Christ is perfect and no one in the body of Christ has it all together and all figured out. Sometimes without realizing it we have the tendency to look at one another as though the other has it all together, but no honey. Just because her Facebook or Instagram shows all these pictures of her and her happy family does not mean she doesn’t have her weak moments in her seemingly picture perfect life. Her life is just that, picture perfect. Pictures capture a moment in time. Who is really going to post about their weaknesses or the struggles that they are going through in their day to day life?
Years ago in order for a picture to be developed it had to have a dark room process. What I mean is that you could not see the full picture until a series of steps were first completed. In my weakness I had to learn that there was a dark room process that I was needing to go through. In the midst of our weakness God teaches us to rely on Him. In the dark room process we learn to lean on Him. When scrolling on social media, you will never see what it took for that person to get where they are now. You may not know the prayers that they prayed during their dark room process or even in the current season that they are in. The saying is that “a picture tells a thousand words,” however there is much more to the picture that we tend not to see.
One of my favorite rappers, Trip Lee, says in his song Sweet Victory, “In my weakness, He made me dependent.” In my weakness I have learned to be dependent on God and God alone. Now I am not saying that I have succeeded at this by no means, but I daily make the conscious decision that in my weakness I must learn to lean on him, because when I am weak scripture says he is strong.
Avail yourselves to the dark room process. Avail yourself to not being able to see the full picture just yet. Avail yourself to understanding you will never have it all together and that is part of the Gospel truth. Take pleasure in your weaknesses. Take pleasure in your suffering. Take pleasure in knowing that because of your weakness that is allows the power of Christ to be even more evident in your life. Love you all!