2 Corinthians 12:9
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.
Do good, seek peace, and go after it.
On the final day of Vacation Bible School, the children are met with a challenge that, at first glance, seems insurmountable. They are given two sheets of printer paper, six pieces of masking tape, and a stack of five hymnals. Working in groups of two, and without any adult assistance, these rising 2nd grade super heroes are told they have to figure out a way to manipulate the paper in order to support the weight of at least one book.
I'm stymied. Stumped! You see, when God doled out my particular gifts, a penchant for engineering was definitely not in the mix. And I notice that many of the children appear to be just as baffled as I am at the prospect of successfully executing the project.
Granddaughter, Virginia Rose, and her partner, Stella, don't seem perturbed or befuddled by the assignment, and eagerly pose possibilities to one another. They come close to a solution, but it's not until a precocious young lady named Sydney actually balances three books on her paper that Virginia and Stella figure out how it's done. (Why more children in the group didn't follow Sydney's example, I have no clue.)
Here are the two girls hard at work. Will they succeed?
Can we get two?
Let's try for three!
Uh-oh! The walls come tumbling down! But how proud these two are to have accomplished such a feat!
Without God's strength, we are like those flimsy pieces of paper, unable to support ourselves under the weight of cares, worries, troubles, and strife that life inevitably brings our way. But when we call upon Christ's all-sufficient grace, allowing His power to be made perfect in our weakness, then we become like those two sturdy towers, able to withstand anything and everything the world throws at us.
As the chorus of the Casting Crowns' song, "In Me," so aptly expresses:
'Cause when I'm weak, You make me strong
When I'm blind, You shine the light on me
'Cause I'll never get by living on my own ability
How refreshing to know You don't need me
How amazing to find that You want me
So I'll stand on Your truth
And I'll fight with Your strength
Until You bring the victory
By the power of Christ in me