Truth time: I am not as strong as I pretend to be.
I’ve been through a lot in my life: I’ve been sexually assaulted. I’ve battled Depression. I was Anorexic for a long time. But I’m not as strong and put together as I wish I was.
Many days, I don’t trust the ground to stand strong under my feet.
Many days, the weight of the burdens I carry is enough to crack my ribs and puncture my lungs.
Many days, I use up all my faith getting out of bed in the morning.
But then there’s God. In my weakness, He is strong.
1 Corinthians 10:13 says, ” No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.”
Every day we are tempted. My temptations are different than your temptations. My sin is different than your sin. But we are not that different, you and I.
We are both made of atoms and cells and organs. We are both living and breathing. We both inhale oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide.
Every day we are tempted. I am tempted to stay in bed all day, and cut myself off from the world. But everyday I am able to stand up under my temptations, because God has provided a way out.
I sin everyday. I have sinned against myself, and probably at some point, I’ve sinned against you. But I have been forgiven by the perfect forgiveness found in Christ. I have been washed clean by the shedding of his blood.
I am not as strong as I pretend to be.
In fact, if I was chosen to be the modern-day Atlas, you know the guy who has to hold the world up all by himself (talk about the weight of the world being on his shoulders), we’d all be dead. Thankfully, I’m not the chosen one, and thankfully, I don’t have to hold the world up by myself.
I’m not the chosen one. But I am chosen.
You see, I have a God who has chosen me to be a part of His glorious Kingdom. I have God who knew me before I was born, who knew me before I was even a blip on anybody’s radar. I have God who has called me to do great things. I have a God who has comforted me in the storm. I have a God who has carried me through the hard times. I have a God who has placed the stars in the sky and knows them by name. I have a God who has seen the inner thoughts of my heart and loves me anyway.
Talk about the unconditional love of a Father.
When I was little, my dad would ask me: “Kaleigh, how many fathers do you have?”
“Two!” I would reply, “I have a Heavenly Father and a Down-here Daddy.”
I am thankful for the both of them.
But I am especialy thankful for my Heavenly Father who is strong enough for the both of us.