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. 10 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 12:9-11 (NIV)
Man, was I anxious this morning! I had what felt like a million things on my plate and I had no idea how I was going to accomplish them. I prepared in advance as much as I could, I prayed earlier in the week for the strength and organization to get through this busy weekend, but this morning panic set in. There was NO way I was going to be able to do everything I needed to do in the manner in which I wanted to do them.
This morning I had to do a Sunday School opening, assist the kids in singing a song during worship, sing a duet during collection, prepare lunch for 10-15 kids, and manage pageant rehearsal. I needed to take candy canes to church, plug in the crockpot to make sure the sandwiches would be warm, grab a couple of spare cans of cat food for a friend, gather and deliver invitations for a small group, and see that the balloons for Jesus’s birthday party got into the right hands. TOO MUCH! There was NO way.
I woke this morning very aware of my limitations. I just couldn’t get it done and certainly not without mistakes. But, since I was aware, I started my day with prayer. I tried to talk to God, but quite honestly, I thought maybe I should just double check the pile of stuff that had to go to church. Maybe I should do more and pray less. I was distracted. But I knew that I needed His help. I asked my husband to pray with me or for me and then I scattered to do another task. Finally, as he passed through the room, I said, “Sit. Pray for me.” After he smiled and commented on my forcefulness, he prayed for me. His confidence in my ability with God’s help gave me some comfort, but I still had my doubts.
Fast forward to right now….when the day is in my past. Unbelievable. The day was so successful. It truly happened. All the things that caused me stress and anxiety went fine. In spite of me, not because of me, I was able to do what I needed to do. And, I did it through His strength, not my own. As the scripture says. “when I am weak, then I am strong.” Today I thank God for my weakness that allowed Him to show His strength. And, I thank my husband for all that he did to help! Oh, What a beautiful morning it was!