So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. 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. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. -2 Corinthians 12:7-10
I heard this passage read on K-Love the other day and it struck me. I've read it before (even recently, within the past few weeks) but for some reason this time it hit my heart. When I heard it, I immediately identified with it and knew it was one of those verses that was meant for me - that my life needed to be reminded of repeatedly.
I think it stood out to me because I've been contemplating 2010 quite a bit lately; specifically, what direction God is leading me this year. A couple of things have come to the forefront of that contemplation: (1) servanthood, (2) continued growth in humility, and now (3) boasting in weakness.
After my 60 Days of Humility journey, I'm excited and ready to offer myself again to God in a focused way. It gives me a chance to allow God to work in me in whatever ways He chooses, and shows me His love and faithfulness in the process. The end result is a deeper faith and a follower (me) living more like Jesus.
But what about this "boasting in weakness?" How in the world is someone to learn to rest only in the grace of God - to be content in, or yet even to boast about, weakness so that Christ can be strong in me? I haven't any answers yet, but my prayer is that God will speak to me in His Word, in prayer, and through all of you faithful brothers and sisters!