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.
The real sin lay in thinking that any power to help and transform came from me. Of course it was not my wholeness, but Christ's that made the difference. ~Corrie ten Boom, The Hiding Place
Inspired by a fellowship of Christian bloggers whom I follow, I ordered the classic book, The Hiding Place, by Corrie ten Boom. These bloggers are participating in timed-release reflections upon the most inspiring content of this beloved memoir. I have two confessions to make: First, I couldn't put the book down once I started reading it, and secondly, I know I'm way ahead of them in headlining the quote above. But it's all about forgiveness, is it not? And knowing them, their forgiveness will be graciously given.
When I read these words penned by Corrie, a passage from my soon to be released novel, Redemption, leaped out at me, words spoken by Reverend, True Owl of the Old Ones. He has overcome times of trial and times of temptation, yet still, as we all do, he stumbles and falls, forgetting that the Creator is the only One who can truly heal.
As Scout and Sharp-eyes told Reverend about his encounter with a dying Ronnie on the hillside, the owl shook his head morosely, and a tear escaped down his feathered cheek. "Pride," he said. "The worst of sins, and I stand guilty as charged. I thought I could do something to help, thought I was powerful enough in and of myself to succeed in what I attempted." He took a deep breath and continued. "You would think after all my many, countless years as an Old One that I would have known better. There is nothing outside of our Creator which can be done against such evil. How could I have forgotten?"
How do any of us, at any time and place, forget?
How do any of us, at any time and place, forge ahead in our blind conviction that we are enough in the moment? That we can do it all?
The truth? We can't!
It is only Christ who makes the difference.
May we all remember that God's grace is sufficient.
May we leave it, gladly and gratefully, at that.
Have you had moments in your life where you have second-guessed God, thinking your solutions were the answer to a problem?
Prayer: Father, may You use our weaknesses to perfect Your strength in us. We cannot be transformed without Your grace. Let us always know this, and turn to You at every moment in our lives, for Your grace is sufficient. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.