Whose Strength?

“…For when I am weak, then I am strong” 2 Cor 12:10

when I am weakIn the springtime it’s fun to watch tiny baby birds with downy crowns begin to find their way around. They make their way to the edge of the nest and take a peek over to view the very large, unexplored world around them. At first they may look into the abyss and then shrink back to the familiar security of their nest. Perhaps they imagine the strength of their own untried wings is all that will save them from a fatal fall – and they know how weak and unproven those little wings are! Yet, when they are either pushed out of the nest or gather courage to launch out on their own to try that first flight, they find the air supports them when they spread their wings. 

How often do we allow unfamiliar situations and circumstances to loom large and threatening in our imagination? Sometimes when we look at circumstances that lie outside our familiar “nest” we may feel just like a baby bird. We take a look at our own weakness and we may want to turn around and head back to safety. In times of crisis, either real or imagined, what is it that God has called us to do? he may be trying to push us out of our nest and stretch our wings, so we can grow in our faith. 

When Peter saw the Lord walking on the Sea of Galilee, he dried out, “Lord, if it’s you, tell me to come to you on the water>” Jesus replied, “Come.” Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. It was when he took his eyes off Jesus and focused on the wind and the waves that he became frightened and began to sink. He cried out, “Lord, save me!” And, of course, Jesus did!

When you look to your own resources you may get a “sinking” feeling. Today, look to Jesus and His resources. Then you will heve courage to venture into unknown territory!


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