I will love You, O LORD, my strength. The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold."
~ Psalm 18:1-2
It never ceases to amaze me how weakness can be seen as something bad. A person cries while sharing a story and begins to apologize. "I'm so sorry, I didn't mean to cry."
I have a confession. I can be a real "cry baby" at times.
Recently I spent the afternoon with a man who has two children. He is suffering from a very rare form of cancer. As he shared with me all of the things he has done to prepare for his death, including letters he has written to his children until age 25, video messages he has created on such subjects like dating and falling in love, he then shared how he went to a wedding venue over the summer and video taped him dancing with his teenage daughter so that she would have their first dance to play at her wedding one day.
As he shared, I could feel the emotions building within. As he finished, we both looked at one another and simply cried.
"This isn't supposed to happen this way. I am supposed to be there. And so we decided I would be there in a memory. Even if I looked weak and unsteady. I am supposed to be there."
Our ability to talk about our weaknesses only proves just how amazingly strong we actually are.
"The hardest thing I have had to do is to surrender," someone shared once with me.
When I meet folks who become vulnerable in my presence, and as we share, the song many of us learned growing up comes to mind, "when I am weak, He is strong. Yes Jesus loves me."
We are invited to be weak. It is not something to be ashamed of, and in fact, it is when we allow God to be strong in us!
Admitting our weaknesses shoukd never be about shame.
"Yes, Jesus loves me," reminds us that we have nothing to be ashamed of. The goodness of the Lord, and God's mercies will prevail, even when being weak means that we find that we are sorry for when we need to seek forgiveness.
Don't see yourself as weak. See yourself as the dwelling place of God, and in that weakness, God will be strong... in YOU!
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2017
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain at Essential Hospice, Webster, Texas, and is an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.