By Sandra Sheridan
August 15, 2014
The verse of the day is 2 Corinthians 12:9. “And He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.’ Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.”
The gentle breeze nudged the waves towards the smooth rocks surrounding the land. The water licked the polished surfaces as we pointed the bow of our canoe towards the landing spot in the woods. Others had already arrived and were preparing to move their crafts along the path to the open lake on the other side.
Having disembarked from our canoe, I donned my pack, loaded down with a week’s worth of supplies, and prepared for the portage. Planting my feet to keep from falling backwards from the weight of the backpack, Dad and I heaved the craft onto our shoulders, balancing the boat’s seats on top of our heads. Dad started moving and I tottered behind until we came to the rocky slope that led to the path that would take us to the next launch.
I froze at the bottom of the first step. I now knew clearly that there was NO WAY I could lift my foot to the first step. I knew that if I even attempted that first rocky step, everything would come crashing down on top of me. HELP!!
So many times in life we are forced to utter this four-letter word: HELP! Even beyond physical weakness, there are times when our emotional and spiritual deficiencies cause us to cry out for a greater source of power. The world laughs at us, but God’s Word calls it an advantage. When we call out to Him in our weakness, He fills us with His limitless strength.
Moments later I felt the weight of the boat lifted from my buckling neck and legs. Eldest son Luke had come running and relieved me of the burden. In just a few minutes, he and Dad had the canoe to the top of the incline and halfway up the path. Something I absolutely could not do was done in minutes because Luke’s power took over when I was weak.
God’s Word promises the believer that His grace will suffice in every difficulty. When we absolutely can’t go on, His strength will show up as we call out to Him. There is nothing that He cannot handle. When we are weak, He is strong.
Our amazing week of canoeing and “ruffing it” in Algonquin, Canada, continued. There were more portages ahead, but I felt a new confidence. Each time I was weak, Luke, John-Keith, or Nathan stepped in to replace my weakness with their strength.
Praise God that in every area of life His grace is sufficient for us and His power is made perfect in our weakness. Cry out for His help because when you are weak then you will truly be strong! — Love Mama
Sandra Sheridan is a Greene County resident and writes these special verses to her children each day. She is sharing those verses with readers now.