Tuesday, April 17, 2012
His Sufficient Grace
I have a friend that is very sick. I received word that she has had multiple strokes and is in Seattle in a hospital, miles away from her family and friends. I've been putting it in God's hands again and again. I take it back and worry over her a little and then give it back to God, committing to trust His perfect will. This afternoon as I was sitting at my desk and feeling overwhelmed and worried, I prayed, I sat looking through the Bible, hoping that God would give me a verse, a word...anything. I was looking for the peace that I know only He can give, wanting so much to be calmed by His presence. In those quiet and sad moments, God did speak to me. He gave me back a verse I read earlier this morning:
2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)
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.
God says His grace is sufficient. Sufficient means adequate, enough to meet a need or purpose. What God promises to give me is enough for the moment. If He were to do things my way, I would have enough with some extra left over so that I would have insurance that it would all turn out the way I hope. God doesn't work that way. He gives us just what we need for the moment and we must depend on Him and trust that He will be there in the next moment and the next, offering sufficient grace. It isn't up to me. In fact, it isn't about me at all. It's about God and the gift of His grace. It's about His power that is made perfect in my weakness. It isn't about my comfort, although I sometimes wish it were.
God then brought to mind the times I was so sick and in the hospital. I'm not very good at being on this side of things, but I have lots of experience in being the patient. I remembered those times and how the one thing thing that really kept me going was the thought that I had to be here for my kids. I fought with all that was within me to live because I wanted to see my kids grow up. My friend has 4 small children and she has a lot of fight in her too. It was then that I realized that it's all gonna be OK. She's gonna fight with all she's got for her babies.
Please pray for my friend Kendra. Things are starting to look better but she still has a long road ahead of her.