2 Cor 12:1-10 – When the world falls apart
Do you ever have one of those days when nothing seems to go right? When the world feels like it’s falling apart? We all do. Often, our automatic response in those times is to ask, “Why God!? Why is this happening?” In our reading today Paul answers this question when he writes, “For when I am weak, then I am strong” (v10). Paul talks about delighting in hardship, in the insults and difficulties, what a foreign concept this must seem to everyone who doesn’t understand the grace of God (v9). Could it be that God allows our day to seemingly spin out of control to reveal our frailty and weakness? Could it be that God uses these moments to remind us of Christ’s power (v9)? I know for me, in any times of struggle and need, my instant cry out is to God. Aren’t we all more likely to look to our source of strength when everything around us makes us feel weak?
There have been countless times where I have found myself in this position, and my solution is usually to go for a walk to get out of the space and be in God’s creation. The street I chose to walk down had a ‘No Through Road’ sign at the beginning of it. I continued to walk to see if there was a continuing footpath. I was wrong. Dead end. But at this dead end there was a huge tree with a tiny bird’s nest with new baby bird’s in it. The birds were soaking up the sun and chirping their own little song to God. They weren’t stressed over the world around nor were they worrying about bills, relationships or deadlines. They were just happy to enjoy God provision and creation.
Sometimes it is at a dead end we see most clearly. My prayer for all of us is that God continues to use the difficulties and troubles we face to draw us to him. So today, in your weakness, how are you seeing his greatness being revealed?