I’m 4% permanently partially paralyzed. A fancy way to say I have a torn ACL from a workman’s comp injury.
I have a weak link.
As my surgeon released me from treatment, he said my knee will only be as strong as the muscle above it.
“You have to keep that muscle strong.“
For a lifetime.
No pressure there. In addition to working, doing ministry, being a wife and mother, spending time in God’s Word, eating right and exercising regularly, I have to keep my quad muscles strong or my knee will give out.
I have to make strengthening this muscle a priority because it’s the key to compensating for the weak link.
Do you have muscles you need to keep strong?
Are there emotional, spiritual or mental muscles to you need to strengthen to compensate for weaknesses?
My physical journey has spiritual parallels in more ways than one.
Knowing I have a weak link in my knee makes me feel like Paul the apostle and Jacob, son of Isaac. Paul had a weakness he asked God to take away, but God’s response was, “My power is made perfect in your weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9, NIV)). Jacob wrestled with God because he wanted God’s best for him, and was left with a lame hip (Genesis 32, NIV).
Both of them were marked by weakness which reminded them of their dependence upon God.
What weakness in your life causes you to be dependent upon God?
Strengthening my muscle teaches me to strengthen other spiritual, mental, and emotional muscles in my life. If I don’t, the weak ares of my spiritual, mental, and emotional world will collapse, like my knee.
As a woman who lives in the shadows of an eating disorder and other unhealthy behaviors, I know my weaknesses all too well. I know if I don’t exercise self-control in all areas of my life (yes, all areas), the weak links buckle and I’m crippled emotionally, mentally, and physically.
I know the importance of strengthening what needs to be strengthened.
I live it, I breathe it.
I make choices every day to strengthen weak links so I remain strong.
Before I messed up my knee, I completed a half-marathon. I felt invincible.
Now reality awakens me. Just one foolish side-step and I come crumbling down.
I must strengthen the supporting muscle. I must rely on God to be strong in my weakness.
When life is going well, are you tempted to feel invincible, too? Do you feel strong based on your own merit, apart from God?
For Abraham, his honesty.
For Moses, his speaking ability.
For Joseph, his reputation.
For David, his love for women.
For Peter, his impulsivity and temper.
What is your weakness? What do you need to strengthen so you are not defined by your weakness?
What choices to you need to make to keep your spiritual, emotional and mental muscles strong?
How can I pray for you or support you in this journey? I would love to do that. Feel free to comment or to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will pray with you and encourage you on that journey.
Your Father is with you always, His grace sufficient for you, His strength made perfect in your weakness.
For when you are weak, He is strong.