2 Corinthians 7b - 9
Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 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.
If you are a faithful reader here at Meditations of My Heart, you are already aware that we have a brand new granddaughter, Savannah Jane, born on April 27th. On first assessment, she seems perfect in every way: a healthy weight of 9 lbs., 1 ounce; almost 20 inches long; all ten fingers and toes, and well-developed lungs and appetite.
But, the bad tidings come quickly to light. My daughter, Sarah, had been taking a prescribed medication which doctors assured her would have no ill effect on her baby. Savannah Jane, it turns out, is the exception. To their dismay, Sarah and her husband, John, learn that their little girl will have to spend at least two more weeks in the hospital for treatment and observation before she can go home with them. Such devastating news . . .
Heads up, Gammie! The ball's in your court!
So her parents can see Savannah Jane with daily, and sometimes nightly, regularity, I offer to keep Virginia Rose at our home. While I'm used to babysitting two to three times a week for several hours, nothing has prepared me for the sudden onslaught of extended granddaughter time.
Nothing . . .
And, to top it all off, this is the week when my husband, Danny, is out of town for annual meetings in Washington, D. C. Every aspect of care-giving falls squarely on my shoulders. While you'll never find me lacking any love for Virginia, this is a physically draining experience, one which reminds me why God designed us to be mothers when we are young, not when we've reached the Gammie stage.
I sleep in my own bed one night for the entire week. All the others are spent sharing the couch with Virginia, propped up on pillows, and unwittingly preparing my back for the inevitable. Yep! You guessed it! I lift that growing toddler the wrong way too many times, and wake up last Sunday morning with a nasty catch in my lower back.
The proverbial thorn in the flesh . . .
And, it couldn't have happened at a more inconvenient time. I have to keep going in spite of the discomfort, soreness and spasms which afflict me when I turn too abruptly to catch that beach ball Virginia tosses my way.
I pray for God's help. For healing. But, He reminds me that His grace is sufficient, especially when I'm feeling deficient. I decide to make the best of it, accepting my weakness and temporary infirmity as an opportunity to tap into the power Christ Jesus offers to me when I yield to Him.
It is a humbling reminder that my body is not invincible.
It is a joyous realization that my soul, because of Jesus' sacrifice, is eternal.
Have you ever endured a "thorn in the flesh" experience? Feel free to share in the comments.
Prayer: We thank You, Father, for Your grace which is sufficient to meet all our needs in this life, no matter how painful or difficult our situations. When we are feeling weak, may we depend on Your Son, Christ Jesus, to fill us with His strength and power. Let us learn to lean upon Him in all things. Amen.