Words From The Heart: Special Weekly Reflection #29

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“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.”
2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)

I was in the grocery store the other day, and a very smart mom caught my attention. She had her little boy with her, and had brought a plastic toy steering wheel that she had attached to the cart. The little guy was steering like he was in a Formula One race. In his mind, he was in complete control of that shopping cart.

I got to thinking that many of us live our lives like that little guy. He actually had no control over that shopping car. He wasn’t powering it or steering it. No matter what actions he took, there was nothing he could do to make it go faster, or turn where he wanted it to go. Everything about that trip to the grocery store was out of his control.

Too often we think that we are in complete control of our lives. We go about our daily lives like we are driving a Formula One car, when in reality we’re playing with a plastic steering wheel attached to a shopping cart, carried along by events over which we have no control. Much of 2020 has made us feel that way.

So what do we do when we suddenly realize that we aren’t in control – and when things happen to us that make this abundantly clear? Paul the apostle wrote this in 2 Corinthians 12:9: “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.”

What hits us when we realize that things are happening over which we have no control, is just how weak we really are. And that’s when life can come crashing down around us. Until Jesus speaks into our lives. He gives us a great promise here – that His power is made perfect in our weakness. Ponder that thought for a moment. God’s power, which is unlimited and never in need of renewing, is somehow perfected when it is unleashed in our weakness. I have a hard time getting my feeble mind around this. It is in my weakness that Jesus’ power becomes perfect.

While it is beyond my comprehension, I am so grateful to know this. When my life feels out of control, I have the assurance that Jesus is in complete control. It is only when I realize that I’m not “steering the shopping cart” that I realize that’s okay, because He is.

That little boy didn’t need to worry about not really being in control. His loving mother was, and she would ensure that all was well. So it is in our lives. When we are weak, the Lord Jesus is strong. Trust Him to steer your life.

I’m Bob Beasley, and these have been words from the heart.

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