Most days I am happy. I wake up thanking God for another day to be alive. I honestly don’t take my being here for granted. Over the last year, I have experienced close and personal losses and they made me consider my own mortality. There have been days that I sit back and say to myself, “God is still on the throne. Don’t lose heart.”
Most of you know I run each morning. The other morning I was outside, pushing through my run, when I promise you, I heard the voice in my head say, “When I am weak, You are strong. ” For many of you, I don’t have to explain what was happening. Anyway, I kept running and I continued to hear that phrase. At one point, I said it out loud. I knew that I needed to say it to God.
I have thought about why that statement came to me. Perhaps I was supposed to share this with someone else. Not too long after that spiritual interchange, I spoke with a person who had contacted me and her actions suggested that she desperately needed to speak with me. I was on my way out of town, so I said to the person, “if you need to see me, you have to do it today because I fly out tomorrow.” The person made it a point to get over to see me too. As we sat down to catch up, all of a sudden in the midst of our conversation, I thought I saw her eyes tearing up. At first I tried to tell myself that I was imagining things, but after a few seconds, it became apparent that she was tearing up and finally crying. I walked over to her, gave her tissue and wrapped my arms around her. After more than an hour of conversation and her sharing some of her deepest frustrations and fears, we parted ways. As I walked towards her to say goodbye, I wrapped my arms around her again, but this time, I would not let her go without praying for her.
For days, I thought of this young woman. I left for my trip and thought about her on the plane. I got back home and thought of her again. As I recalled all that had happened between us the day she came to see me, the phrase “When I am weak, YOU are strong” came back to me.
You see, even the best of us will encounter days that are frustrating and disappointing. We will encounter people who will count us out, not take us seriously, reject our dreams and goals and even tell us that we will never be something that we have always dreamed of becoming. That’s why we are hesitant to share our hopes and dreams with others; we are afraid of their judgment and rejection as this young lady was. As I said to her that day in my office, I will say the same to you. If you have dreams, go for them. It does not matter what other people think; it matters what you do. If you don’t go for it, you are saying that they are right about what they think of you. If you go for it and fail, you don’t have to be embarrassed, trust me, the next time you will do better. One thing is certain, if you don’t pursue what’s important to you, you can count on never getting it.
Don’t let others rob you of what God has placed in your heart and mind. Don’t let them stop you from being what you want to be. When people say things that hurt you, remember, “when you are weak, He is strong.” He will carry your burdens and He will lift you up above the negativity, the fear and the doubters. Let the doubters doubt you, but don’t you dare doubt yourself or Him. He believes in you and so do I!
2 Corinthians 12: 9 says, “…But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”