Weakness > Strength
2 Cor. 12:9 (NIV)
By Kris Robinson
“But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My Power is made perfect in weakness.”
What is your weakest moment?
Do you remember it; or did you file it in the, “to never remember again” file? Don’t! I’ll explain.
For me, my weakest moment occurred June 18th, 2015. I had one of those headaches; for those who have migraines, you know what I mean!
Real quick, I knew a co-worker who didn’t believe that migraines were real, and she said to the affect, “migraines are just headaches for people with a low tolerance for pain!” Hmm, really! I had one so bad, prior to the one in 2015, where I went to the emergency room (ER) and received two shots of morphine before I finally calmed down.
Anyhow, the afternoon of June 18th, as I was leaving work, I got that “Tunnel vision!” I made it home though, went straight to the Acetaminophen, gulped some blue PowerAde with it and off to bed to make it go away; right? No; what quickly followed was about 6 hours of vomiting, then rushing to Regional Hospital’s ER where I received fluids and a CT Scan. What I remember most about that night is not having the strength to sit up in the hospital bed and my Father-In-Law continuously asking me, “Kris, what are you doing?” After about 3 hours, the hospital cleared me, I went home and it was off to bed to make the headache go away, right?
I didn’t go to work the next morning, and did a follow-up with my family doctor. Unbeknownst to me, I didn’t look right; which for some who know me, they’d say, “that isn’t different from any other day.” Anyhow, I looked bad enough for the doctor to suggest I get an MRI ASAP. It being a Friday and MRIs being in high-demand, I had to spend the entire weekend bed-ridden not knowing what had happened to me; I still had a headache mind you. I don’t remember much about those couple days, but do remember asking God, “What happened to me? Please make the pain stop? Please Lord, take it away from me, make me healthy again?”
Long story short (I’d gladly go into further detail if you asked), I had a stroke!
When we go through tough times, it’s hard to see beyond the present; and you don’t think much about it being a present either! We set ourselves up for failure because we are on auto-pilot, thinking our lives are going to go just as planned; we aren’t as flexible and open for change as we really think. Thus, when tough times come, we aren’t prepared, or can’t see beyond ourselves to see a greater purpose and feel sorry for ourselves; so much so that we’ll question if God loves us? James wrote that we should “consider it pure joy when you face various trials” (Jas. 1:2) indicating they will come. More so, Christ Himself got into a boat, ahead of the disciples, knowingly taking them into a storm (Matt. 8:23-25).
So like Paul, God used something in my life to help me to see Him differently, and not just Him, but life! You see, I like to refer to my stroke as something God allowed so that He could use it to make me the person, pastor, husband and dad he has created and allowed me to be. Do I like the fact that I have a spot in my brain that won’t ever be the same; not really, who would? But I can tell you that too often we bypass ‘tough times’ without asking ourselves important questions that could lead to life-changing answers.
- What can I learn, or what good can I extract, from these tough times?
- Am I being developed by God for something (Ro. 8:28)?
- Am I being disciplined by God? If so; repent and stay in your love relationship with Him.
- What was my greatest failure and what did God teach me?
- Do I believe that His promise of perfect power can get me through?
I love this quote by Robert Kiyosaki, “Failure defeats losers, but it inspires winners!” Moreover, let His grace inspire you today, for His power will be made perfect for you!
Kris Robinson is an Associate Pastor at Free Life Community Church in Terre Haute, Indiana.