• Gathered Under Grace

One Thing After Another

I visited with a friend today who was discouraged after hearing about a friend whose life was lost to addiction and another who was facing a new normal that wasn’t at all what they had anticipated out of life. Another friend vented frustration over situations and relationships. If it wasn’t one thing, it was another. They each felt like they found themselves in one sticky situation after another sticky situation. A sense of ‘why do I even try’ and a weakened self worth was definitely prevalent in the threads of these varied conversations. Take courage my friends. Just because these may be our current situation and our current feelings, that doesn’t mean that we are doomed to be stuck there forever.

2 Corinthians 12:10 MSG

“Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size—abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become.”

As Paul was discussing this subject within the verses of his second letter to the Corinthians, he too was feeling distinctly discouraged and definitely less than worthy. As we read the verses in 2 Corinthians 12: 7-10, we know that he felt like abuse, accidents, opposition, and bad breaks were around every corner. I would say that he was just as bad at dealing with the things that get us down and all the sticky situations that happen in life as we are today. His advice was simple. Just let Christ take over! The weaker I get, the stronger I become. He said that he begged God to take away the frustration and the hindrances that were keeping him down, not once but three different times and then God told him ‘My grace is enough; it's all you need and My strength comes into its own in your weakness.’ (see verses 8 & 9).

Yes, as usual there‘s a song in there somewhere and ‘Jesus Take the Wheel’ came to mind first. The song is pretty on target when we get into feelings of discouragement, bewilderment, and deciding what to do next. The answer? Simple! Let Jesus take the wheel and then enjoy the ride, because things WILL get better. Things DO get better, our perspective DOES change, and our outlook WILL improve ... when we quit trying to figure it all out and let God take control. God has a plan for our lives and it’s a good plan. It’s a plan designed for our good; we just have to get on board and let Him drive.

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