His Power is Made Perfect in Weakness

Today's post is coming from my sister Faith. Faith is currently finishing up her sophomore year of college, working as a waitress, and traveling to any city she can in her down time. Faith is the 7th child in my family and we often tease that it took my parents 7 tries before they got the perfect child; anyone who knows Faith knows that to be true. ;-) She's pretty much everyones favorite sibling and that's because we all wish we could be just like her. 

Faith has a tender heart towards the Lord, and after some prodding, she agreed to share what He's been doing in her life as of late. Hopefully you find it encouraging!

 As 2015 fades behind me I am excited to see what this new year will bring! Most importantly, I am excited to see what God has in store for this year. Last year was one of the most challenging years I have faced, and for that I am grateful. I learned a lot from the struggles, mistakes, and blessings that came my way. Most importantly learned, and am still learning, how to trust God. I thought I trusted God whole heartedly, but then my faith was tested. Through my struggles over the year I felt as though God was trying to show me just how small my faith in Him was. I was reminded daily that I have no control over my life; I felt like I was losing in every area.

As a broke college student I found myself stressing out about grades, finances, and career decisions. I felt the pressure to make all of these tough decisions while still keeping it “all together” on the outside. Trying to keep a relationship with God often times fell to the bottom of the "to do list” for me.  Little did I know that I was in for a rude awaking.

That moment came in the middle of the fall semester when I felt so sick that I couldn’t get out of bed for three weeks. It was during those weeks I was able spend a lot of much needed time in prayer and Bible reading. I realized that God was teaching me a lesson through that alment. I was weak physical, mentally, and spiritually. I had lost sight of what was truly important. I was running around trying to solve my problems on my own. The failures kept piling up and my hope was in myself, not God. I was too prideful to realize I needed to trust and rely on Him.

One afternoon I was reading Matthew chapter 8 and it all clicked for me.

And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. 24 And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. 25 And they went and woke him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.” 26 And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. 27 And the men marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?
— Matthew 8:23-28

Now, I grew up in christian home so I have read this chapter more than 100 times; but it wasn’t until that particular moment that I understood it clearly and was able to apply it in my own life. I was right there in the middle of what I considered to be a "storm" doubting God when It felt like God was speaking directly to me. Oh the Irony! My name is literally Faith, and that’s the thing I struggle with the most. Sometimes it’s still difficult for me to see past the storms in life; I’m still learning to trust that whatever the outcome may be it will bring glory to Christ. I constantly have to turn to the Bible and look for the grace and truth in His word.

“But he said to me, My grace is sufficient for you,
for my power is made perfect in weakness. ThereforeI will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
— 2 Corinthians 12:9

Learning to trust God also means learning to wait and possibly take "no" for an answer. God’s plan for you may not be comfortable or even remotely close to what you had planned for your life, but ultimately our jobs as Christians is to bring honor and glory to His Kingdom. God is not limited by our circumstances; we just need to be willing to see past our circumstances and trust that His plan is better than ours.

I trust this video can be an encouragement to you as it was to me...

 

Be careful how you make sense of your life. What looks like a disaster may in fact be grace. What looks like the end may be the beginning. What looks hopeless may be God’s instrument to give you real and lasting hope. Your Father is committed to taking what seems so bad and turning it into something that is very, very good.
— Paul Tripp