Three different times Paul begged the Lord to remove the thorn in his flesh. This thorn was a burden, a hardship and caused him pain and yet three times he heard the Lord say “My gracious favor is all you need. My power works best in your weakness” Have you been to a place where you have begged for things to be different. Where your tears were your unspoken words and you believed it all went to deaf ears? I believe your words went straight to His heart, straight to His loving will and this is what I believe was spoken to you.
‘Through this trail you will learn empathy,vulnerability, understanding, you will see others through my eyes, you will learn how strong you are and how much you are loved. You will grow closer to me and my will for your life. This trail doesn't define you or box you into any statistic, because it’s always in my control and I love you more.’
Learning to be content in our weaknesses goes against our natural instincts. We want to fix and remove anything instantly that causes pain or discomfort, but sometimes what we gain by walking through a trail has so much more in store for us and the people around us then just removing it will do. Healing is always a journey no matter if it is physical,spiritual or mental, when we choose to stop asking for it to be removed and start asking to walk through it,face it and grow from it, powerful things will happen. Yes, it may be hard and overwhelming sometimes as you walk through it, but God has already placed in your life all you will need to overcome this. BECAUSE you WILL overcome it! ~Nicole
2 Corinthians 12:8-9 Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. 9 Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.