Tuesday, April 16, 2013

We Can't Always Be Ready

I knew my grandpa was getting older, but I still wasn’t ready to hear that he had cancer and I would lose him in just 3 weeks time.

I wasn’t ready to wake up one morning and have to make the decision to put my cat to sleep due to a blood clot.

I could never be ready to watch something like the 9/11 attacks. But watch them I did.

I wasn’t ready for my child to get their heart broken. It hurt for me too.

I wasn’t ready to teach Bible Study for the very first time.

I wasn’t ready for so many things. Hurts. Joys. Times that God stretched me outside of my comfort zone.

But ready or not, life comes at us headstrong.  And we have to plunge in – even if we don’t feel we can tackle the task in front of us.

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.

2 Corinthians 12:9-11

When we look back, somehow we see that we had the strength to get through whatever it was that crippled us, scared us, shook us, and made us tremble.

We will never be ready for some things in life. Never. But God can help us through them. Even through the tears, the fears, and the heartache – He is with us every step of the way; walking with us and holding us, molding us.

We look back and find we made it through. It might have been tough, might have been rough, we might have thought we’d be swallowed whole – but we made it through. Victorious.

That’s what God’s love does.

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