Lesson from Nature: Strength in Weakness


We easily get our strengths and weaknesses confused. We believe one characteristic makes us strong, but stress and wear-and-tear weakens it. We feel fractured, not quite as whole as we once did. Yet those cracks make way for something beautiful. As the nourishment seeps into the cracks, a seed begins to grow. We have to let go of some pieces of ourselves, which makes us feel weak. But despite our misshaped appearance, we withstand the elements of everyday life. Our weaknesses make us beautiful. Our strength withstands a lot but is never completely resistant.

Admitting our weaknesses requires humility. We’d rather focus on our strengths, because we feel a sense of control when we can stand on something we believe is sure. Maybe we need to look at it from another perspective. After all, our strengths are only strong in God’s strength. And our weaknesses might just be the most beautiful strength we have. It’s risky to set aside our own way of looking at things. We like control. But really, how much control do we actually have, and how much do we just want to believe we have?

But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me. (2 Corinthians 12:9)


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