2 Corinthians 12 (NIV)
The Apostle Paul on grace...
Three times I pleaded with the Lord
to take it away from 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 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.
Me & Jesus talking about
His plans for me...
What is it that we REALLY want?
Do we want
Getting things fixed?
We say we want to
Keep holding onto You, Jesus...
But we want this closeness
without real cost...though
we give lip service to
"no pain, no gain"
we LIVE as if it just isn't true...
we FEEL that it should not be true.
looking at my life
I realize that grief, loss, sorrow...
if painful instruments of Your grace...
my heart, all of our hearts...we want solutions...
I want to fix all my broken things...
You seem to be less about
fixing things than You are
about drawing me closer to Yourself.
You seem to think that closeness
is preferable to lack of problems
This should be a paradigm for
our human relationships...after all,
Jesus...You know us best...
better than we do ourselves.
I think You're telling me
that closeness is better than
ALL the stuff in my life...
from how I was brought up, eh?