From His Heart to Yours...
There was a time in my life, when I saw the many knee operations and chronic pain as torture, to this tired and weak body of mine. I even began to think that God disliked me...especially after 21 operations; but through it all, I came to eventually see these hard times, as a precious gift that I was gradually receiving, from His heart to mine...for He had created me this way; that through these hard times, I would be brought low; that I would come to see how much I truly needed Him.
Once I stopped seeing the affliction, in the way I thought it to be; then sight gave way, for me to see it, in the way He had destined it.
From there, I began to rejoice...even through pain; for these moments weren't meant to destroy; but rather, build me up, into the one that God had planned for me to be...just for Him.
There's something about the light of a powerful God...a light that can illuminate the darkness that attempts to convince us that life is much worse; then what it truly is.
Once I came to clearly see what God was up to; my eyes began to shift away from the handicap in both knees and instead, I began to draw from the gift that had been given to me...for God had taken my weakness and had exchanged it for His perfect strength. Now...even though I still face pain and other issues; I know that it is so God can use these times to keep me in tune with Him.
Jesus wants us to know that He longs for all of us to connect deeply with Him...and sometimes that connection can only come about through times of weakness...for it's through our weaknesses; that we learn to lean on Him and connect deeply with Him. He's saying... "Don't allow your moments of weakness to separate yourself from Me, my child; but instead, let your weaknesses draw you into perfect arms of strength; that I may guard, guide and protect you through the storms...brought about by evil.
"My child; let go and let me be the One who becomes your perfect strength, through times of weakness."
Love Your Father & Friend...