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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 Corinthians 12:9

Throughout my life, I’ve built walls. And while I wish I were talking about physical walls, as they would be so much easier to tear down, I’m sadly talking about emotional ones. Walls that I thought would protect me from further hurt, and from wounds that take years to heal.

I was mistaken though, as these walls kept out those who loved me – especially Jesus. I ran from him and his love, because it frightened me. That may sound confusing, but I was so broken and lost, that I knew one single encounter with him would cause my walls to come crashing down.

The walls I worked so painfully on for years would be completely obliterated. They were a labor of “love” and I carried them around proudly. I used them as a shield as they boldly had “don’t get too close” written across the front of them.

I could only run for so long though, and I eventually had my single, life changing encounter with the one who loves me like crazy. Did my walls come crashing down instantly? No. They took years to come down, but I know now that it’s okay to be a work in progress.

This verse says that it’s okay to be weak, because when we are – he is strong. When I’m failing and falling, his power can be made perfect in my life.

I want his power to rest on my life, so I must be willing to admit that I fall short, and I make mistakes – but his grace is sufficient and I can try again at any moment in my life. Your next breath is your change to start anew!

Jesus, I am thankful that though I am weak, you are strong. You are a mighty God and are excellent at turning weak things into powerful testimonies – that the world may see your glory!