When we are asked what qualities we seek in a friend or significant other, I surely haven’t heard anyone say, “Ooh (s)he definitely needs to be weak. That is requirement number 1”. But you may just hear me start saying that.
We are constantly being told to be strong, to have our lives in order or as Elizabeth Taylor would say, “Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick and pull yourself together.”
But we weren’t made to be intrinsically strong! It isn’t natural and it never will be. Jesus wouldn’t have had to come bear our sins and die for us if we were capable of restoring ourselves.
He made us weak for a reason. God turns our very nature into opportunities of intercession. The Healer wants us to come to Him with all of our brokenness in order to build us into something better than we could ever be on our own.
Our weakness is His invitation into our lives to take full control. A personalized letter crafted by our shortcomings. Steve’s excitement to hold this in his hands does not compare to Jesus’ joy when we submit to Him. And He doesn’t even have to wonder who it’s from (I hope you remember this song, 90s kids).
Recognizing weakness is becoming vulnerable and admitting that we are struggling. It is acknowledging that we can’t meet our deepest needs alone. Our fragility is full of beauty because it inwardly and outwardly craves help. It desires dependence, it cries out for salvation and it rests in mercy.
“He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” I will rather boast most gladly of my weaknesses in order that the power of Christ may dwell with me. Therefore, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and constraints, for the sake of Christ; for when I am weak, then I am strong.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9-10.
Made PERFECT in weakness. Not better, not great but perfect. Flawless. God can only use us to our fullest potential when we are weak, when we admit it and when we allow Him into every aspect of our lives. For when we are weak, we are strong because of Him and only Him.It isn’t enough to acknowledge our weakness and keep on trying to fix it. But it is enough to wake up each morning and know that through our weakness, He is all-providing. It is a daily fight but “although we are in the flesh, we do not battle according to the flesh” – 2 Corinthians 10:3. He is fighting for us.
“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has similarly been tested in every way, yet without sin. So let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and to find grace for timely help.” – Hebrews 4:4.
Our Creators walked His own earth to sympathize with us; the lowliest and most undeserving! So don’t be strong, don’t have your life in order and freely pour yourself a drink and put on some lipstick but don’t try to pull yourself together. Just rest in His arms with humility, confidence and thankfulness that our imperfections allow our Savior to transform our lives.
Weakness is certainly nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, it should be boasted about just as St. Paul told us too. In all forms and across all spectrums, welcoming the Lord into our hearts in our most defenseless moments beams of great courage. I am drawn to weakness and in Jesus’ eyes, it is mightily attractive too.