I was having lunch at Panera Bread this past Saturday. And while sitting there, I was thinking about the weakness on my right side. They call it ataxia, which has something to do with the nerves on that side of my body. Basically I have a hard time with fine motor skills like picking up a fork, knife or holding a pen. I really only have ability in my index finger and thumb, which can make it difficult to do most things, including pick up my food in order to eat.
I have been forced to use my left hand to compensate for the weakness on my right side. One of my therapists, David, tells me I’ve done better than most. He says my handwriting is better than 90% of the people he works with who have had to make the switch from right to left (although it is still pretty rough). I think my determination to make it work has helped.
It is frustrating dealing with weakness.But I know that my weakness is not who I am. A lot of people become defined by their weakness, which only adds to their attitude and outlook. But remembering that you are strong elsewhere is a good way to have peace about your weakness, new or old.
We must also allow other people to see our weakness. Asking for help can be difficult, but we risk missing the blessing God is trying to provide.
We must remember that, even though we have weaknesses, there is a God who is strong, even though we ourselves may be weak. Maybe it’s emotional weakness – low self esteem, feelings of guilt or shame or loss of a love one. Perhaps it’s a physical disability, health issue, financial situation or difficulty in a relationship. Whatever it is, we can rely on His strength to get us through our weakness.
I’m not saying all of this is easy. Some days, I think I have a handle on it. Other days, it is a struggle. But I keep in my mind, the very question I ask you:
How can God get the glory from my weakness?
2 Corinthians 12:9…And he said to me, my grace is sufficient for you. For my strength is made perfect in weakness. Therefore, I would rather boast in my infirmities that the power of Christ may rest upon me.