2 Corinthians 12:9-10 in the TNIV reads:
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.
I’ll admit, while we can all exegete this passage and we can try to explain it, few of us actually know, in terms of experience, what this means. I don’t really know what true weakness is or how it plays out in my life. Have I really ever been so weak such that God is then able to be strong in me? I’ll also admit I don’t typically “delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties.” I usually try to avoid them. These things aren’t any fun – they are hard to go through and they hurt.
I won’t go into the details but in many ways, our family has really been through the fire here at the Grand Canyon National Park, I mean we’ve really been through it, financially, emotionally, relationally, even spiritually. Yet, my guess is it’s nothing compared to what Paul is talking about here, nothing.
What about you?