Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Cor 12:7b-9
I counted the other day; since my diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis, I’ve undergone over 25 surgeries and procedures. Only one was not directly related to RA—kidney stone removal. In 1982 alone, I went through 5 operations. The first two, knee replacements were done 7 days apart. People ask me how I manage to stay upbeat and not give up on life.
‟After many years of struggles, I have accepted my plight.” I add that my faith, strong now, took years to mature.
The early years tested that faith, but I’ve learned that God was always with me. He was waiting for me to return to His arms for protection and solace.
I pray every day, that my ‟thorn” keeps me focused on spreading His glory. For God said My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.(2 Cor. 12:9) I pray that my actions inspire others contending with their own ‟thorns.”
How are you handling your “thorns?” Put them in God’s loving arms, He can carry the burden for you. And He wants to carry it. Do it today…do it now!