Yesterday, I tweeted, “We are only as weak as our strongest link.” It wasn’t a typo. It’s something I’ve been thinking about for a few days.
Often the Bible talks in counter-intuitive statements. Different than the normal flow. An unexpected rub against the grain.
If you want to gain, you must give up.
If someone takes your jacket, give them your shoes too.
If we are weak, then we are strong.
Heart protecting stuff.
The minute I start feeling absolutely confident in my own strength is the minute I am desperately weak… and I don’t even realize it.
The Lord reminded me of this right before I stepped on stage to speak to 4500 women this weekend in Pensacola. One minute I was walking backstage to get my microphone on and the next minute I was on the ground with my face pressed into the cement floor.
My heel had gotten caught in a crack in the floor and that’s all it took to bring me down.
My first thoughts were not spiritual.
“Have mercy, I’ve probably split my pants wide open and there is no time to change!” And I had white pants on y’all. White!
I quickly picked myself up, put on the over ears microphone, and up on stage I went. I felt so incredibly vulnerable.
Inside my head I whispered, “Lord, I’m not ready. I don’t want to speak right now. I want to go crawl in a hole… with a mirror… so I can check my pants!” I tried as discretely as possible to check to make sure the seams in my pants were in tact.
And did I mention I was standing in front of 4500 women. Yes.
My heart drummed wildly in my chest and inside my head I whispered, “Jesus, I am completely desperate for You.”
And I imagine the Lord thought, “Good. Now, she’s ready. Now, this is going to be powerful.”
I’d left my strength… my confidence… my self-sufficiency back on that concrete floor. Next to the crack that tripped me up. And my weakness made room for God’s strength to take over.
My weakness wasn’t what almost messed me up that day.
It was my strength.
We are only as weak as our strongest link. Sometimes it’s not our weaknesses that leave us vulnerable to attack. Sweet sister, it’s our strengths. Those places where we feel especially confident, invincible, and quite able. But, as my friend Cile reminded me recently, “our strengths can become strongholds if we’re not careful.”
When Paul pleaded with the Lord to remove the thorn in his flesh, the thing that made Paul feel weak, He did not. Instead, Paul was reminded, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)
Paul goes on to conclude in verse 10, “For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
Which leads me to wonder if the opposite is also true… where I am strong, then I am weak.
What strength could easily trip you up today? It’s good to be vulnerable enough to think about it and admit it. Ask for God to give you spiritual ears to hear any direction or correction He whispers.
Let me assure you, I’m listening for direction and correction for sure!
If we’re going to call ourselves people of faith, we must live lives that require faith.
Faith- walking the bridge where we cross over from relying on our strength to God’s strength. It’s a powerful walk to take.
However, I highly recommend not wearing high heeled shoes.
All week, I’ll be tweeting reminders, powerful verses, and inspirational thoughts to encourage you. If you want to join in follow me @LysaTerKeurst on twitter.