Dorothea explains how despite the fact that we tend to hide our weaknesses, His grace is sufficient, sometimes even in how people respond to us.
“My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)
There were times when I was ashamed of my illness. I tried to pretend that everything was fine, even when it was obvious to everyone around me that something was terribly wrong.
Fear kept me from admitting to my need for help and from defining my limits. I didn’t want to accept the fact that my condition would disable me, cause me to miss family gatherings, or keep me from events with friends. Constantly struggling to mask my illness increased my level of stress.
One day, I got tired of trying to come up with excuses and started talking about my illness–I didn’t seek sympathy or try to avoid the realities of my daily struggles. Even though I felt liberated, I was certain that I would be shunned or criticized. Instead, something wonderful happened. By sharing my brokenness, neediness, and weakness, those around me to open up about their own areas of weakness. His grace is sufficient to overcome even the responses we except to receive.
When I shared my trials with them, they saw evidence of God’s mercy, power, love, and grace. I realized that being honest about my hardships was a way of encouraging them with their own struggles.
I encourage you to share your stories with those around you. No matter what you are going through, letting others know how God is keeping you, helping you, and strengthening you will bless their lives in ways you can’t begin to imagine. They will see how God’s grace is sufficient in your life.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to view my conditions as cracks through which Your glory can shine. Amen.
About the Author:
Dorothea Love lives in California with her family. Although she has endured the challenges of chronic illness for more than 20 years, she trusts in God’s grace to help her get through each day.
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