It is not natural for most people to get up in the morning and to wonder how they can be weak and powerless that day. It is just not a place many of us feel comfortable being. Most of us like to be in control of our own choices to some degree. Some like to be in control of some of the choices others make as well. But at a minimum we all like to feel we have some autonomy over at least ourselves.
Power comes in many forms. And there are at least as many ways to abuse and distort power as well. With power can come pride, ego, boasting, privilege, domination, and a host of other negative things.
Power can be good too. It is just a different kind of power. It is a power not of this world so this world is puzzled by it. It is a power this world cannot defeat or destroy either. This power is gentle yet strong, soft yet enduring, simple yet powerful. God whispered to Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” God was telling Paul, “I got it.”
The thorn Paul was facing and the thorns we face serve to remind us that we are weak and that we must rely on God and Him alone. For when we fall to our knees and lift up our hands acknowledging that we cannot do it alone, then God’s grace and love and strength come rushing in. His resurrection power is what allows us to be renewed each day, to take up our cross each day, and to follow Jesus Christ each day. As we go out, we go with God. He whispers to us too, “I got it.”
Scripture reference: 2 Corinthians 12: 2-10