Honest people admit their wrongdoings, and sick people seek care when they’re sick. Likewise, sensible people should be ready to admit that there is something wrong. Not that they—the person—are what’s wrong, but that there is something wrong and needs to be fixed—a problem, an illness, a broken heart, a sudden suffering, the possibilities are endless.
That said, admitting weakness is not synonymous to failure. It is a sign of maturity and the blossoming of seeds of wisdom.
In the Bible, Paul mentions a mysterious affliction he suffered (2 Corinthians 12:7)—“a thorn was given in the flesh.” Paul desperately wanted the thorn gone and when he asked God to remove it, God chose to let it remain in his life saying, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Cor. 12:8)
Power is made perfect in weakness.
Do it, be weak.
Like Paul, I too want to be strong on my own. Although, sometimes my desire to be “strong” is my inability to accept or admit I have a “thorn.” I stuff my problem by not addressing the issue, pick myself up, and carry on like nothing’s wrong. Then I start to wear a mask of egotism, which is worn to hide my hardened-heart.
When I am not open to the strength that comes in being weak, those unhealed wounds rise to the surface and ultimately lead to greater problems. Inability to give my best self at my job, to my family, or to my loved ones. It can even halt my ability to find freedom from forgiving myself, and the ability to have true hope or faith.
The cure to this? Do yourself a favor and invite Jesus into the depths of your heart–the deepest depths. Ask Him to go to battle with the wound that lingers or hides in misery. Let Him go in there, find it, rip it out, pull it apart, fight it, kill it, and then restore the space with His infinite love. Jesus died on that cross because He wants to fight this battle for you.
We all want certain ‘thorns’ to be miraculously gone in time, and they will, but we must accept that they exist and grow from them. Thorns are a reminder that we are real human beings who once felt pain, heartache, and in all things; crave God’s perfect love. My thorns are usually wake up calls. A reminder that I am not God–the almighty, omnipotent, king of the universe– that I am a mere soul in need of His grace and His power.
“I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore, I am content with weaknesses, persecutions, insults, hardships, and calamities for the sake of Christ; for whenever I am weak, then I am strong.”
A wound that was not cried over, wrestled with, or overcame by surrendering to God’s grace is an unhealed wound.
So, run to our Lord today. Admit that you cannot make it on your own—that is a sign of true strength. Is it God’s perfect will that you have this thorn? No, but it’s being permitted. Maybe the weight of sin has been dragging you down, or you wrestle with a certain temptation, or hardship. Whatever it is, God is weeping with you and offering His hand out to help you, just ask Him for His help.
This video helps cover more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4aDhbO51jhs
Lord, right now, I’m asking you to be strong enough for me. Amen
“Behold me, my beloved Jesus, weighed down under the burden of my trials and sufferings. I cast myself at your feet that you may renew my strength and my courage, healing the wound inside of me while I rest in your presence. Permit me to lay down my hurt and ask for the love of your sacred heart; for only your infinite goodness can sustain me, only your love can help me to bear my cross, only your powerful hand can lighten its weight. O divine King, Jesus, whose heart is so compassionate to the afflicted, I wish to lie in you, suffer and die in you. During my life, be to me my model and my support. At the hour of my death, be my hope and my refuge. Lord, do not lessen my cup of bitterness, but only give me the strength that I may be able to drink it all. Amen.”