They Are Weak But He Is Strong
By: Maria Wieters
April 6, 2017
“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. 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 12:9-10
The skies were a brilliant blue amidst the refreshing Florida breeze…it was a perfect day for a bike ride during Spring Training. One of my favorite things to do each spring is rent a bike for my son and I to explore the area where we are living. It reminds me of simpler times and every outing feels like an adventure as we mount up and decide where to go, sometimes with no end goal in mind. This morning it was just for a whimsical ride in the beautiful weather. Thankfully, it was also an off day, and my husband was able to stay home and rest while our other son took his morning nap.
As we peddled along, listening to the wind in the trees, I suggested that we sing some songs. My four year old shouted his suggestion, “Jesus loves me!” so we began to sing together in unison. It was already an incredibly precious moment. After the first refrain, he proclaimed,
“Mommy, guess what? I’m not weak! I’m really strong!”
He began to describe how he could pick up heavy blocks at his preschool and how big his muscles were. It was adorable, and yet I couldn’t help but try to explain the profound meaning of this elementary song.
“You are very strong, honey! But Jesus is incredibly strong, and he never gets tired. There may be a time in your life where you don’t feel as strong as you do now, and when you do, just know that He is carrying you. He is the strongest always.”
Trying to describe our Savior’s strength to a preschooler is no easy feat. But it also was a poignant lesson for me that day. Do you know what’s even harder than describing it to a preschooler? Living it out each day as an adult.
I know that God blessed me with this picturesque day and moment for a very particular reason. With gearing back up into the baseball routine, I have really been struggling with the adjustment to two precious little ones when Matt is gone at the field most of the day. Nothing has surprised me about the difficulty in transition, but I have been fairly hard on myself for not having it “more together.” It feels like immediate chaos from the moment I wake up each day…as I know that many of you can relate!
Getting everyone fed breakfast, including myself and our pets, is a victory. Then merely an hour after that milestone, it seems like everyone is starving again and in need. Since I am still nursing, I seem to always be ravenous and fatigued, which clouds my vision and decision making. I swear that I misplace my phone, the pacifier, and any other necessary object practically every time we are supposed to get out the door. Leaving the house is another dance we won’t even discuss. Arriving somewhere on time!? Ha! (Can I get an amen?!) My son frequently asks me, “Mom, are you losing your mind?”
Meanwhile, I wonder how other moms achieve anything other than basic hygiene and nourishment since I am struggling for real over here to just throw on workout clothes and walk the dog. The trap of comparison is engulfing, even though I know we are all running our own individual race for the Lord. I could go on and on, but my main point is that I have felt extremely weak the past month. Strength?! What is that? Oh yes…it is His indefatigable might carrying me each moment of every beautiful day. Even when I feel crazy. Even when I feel exhausted. Even when I feel like I can’t make it out the door. My Jesus, who loves me, is my strength when I am weak.
“The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my Savior, my God, my rock in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the strength of my salvation, my stronghold” ~Psalm 18:2
Instead of dwelling on my supposed downfalls and inabilities during this precious season of life, I need to be fostering laser sharp focus on His eternal presence and faithfulness. Feelings are transient, His Truth is forever. What I had a hard time articulating to my son that day is how the Lord uses our weaknesses to draw us closer to Him and display His incredible strength to others around us. It is all about His story, not ours.
I am here to tell you I am not strong on my own! It is only by His grace that I am dressed this morning! And writing this! I desire for Him to be the heartbeat and fragrance of my life, and I am confident that these so-called struggles for control and order that I desire are forcing me to be even more dependent on Him. If my sweet son thinks that I am losing my mind in my distress to find my keys, I want to proclaim that it is all for Jesus. And most importantly how much more mommy needs Him each day. I want him to know that it’s okay to not have it all together. Because it’s when we are struggling that He draws us even nearer.
“Our heart is restless until it rests in You” ~St Augustine
I want to encourage you in this simple truth from this well known childhood song. He is for you. He loves you so much. He is strong when you are weak. Let us continue to seek Him with all of our hearts, no matter what stage of life we are in.
Jesus loves me, this I know.
For the Bible tells me so.
Little ones to Him belong,
We are weak but He is strong.