Unfortunately I seem to learn only by experiencing things myself. There are the rare individuals who seem to learn from others’ experiences–I don’t think I am one of those people. Thus I have had one more learning episode to get a truth into my brain and heart.
Two weeks ago, I tore my left pectoral muscle, lost a liter and a half of blood and had emergency surgery. As I have recovered, I have pondered,”What have I learned from this?”
When I read this passage about 2 Cor 1:8-10, it spoke to my heart.
“We often depend on our own skills and abilities when life seems easy , but we turn to God when we feel unable to help ourselves. Depending on God is not defeat or weakness, but a realization of our powerlessness without him and our need for his constant contact. God is our source of power and we receive his help by keeping in touch with him. With this attitude, problems will drive us to God rather thatn away from him. Learn how to rely on God daily.” Tyndale Life Application Bible p 2029
One of my friends referred to me as “fragile”. Whereas this label would have bothered me in the past, I can now easily accept it.
What I think the majority of us don’t realize when things are going well is this: we are all fragile. Life is so fragile–held by a thread.
“Be careful if you think you stand firm lest you fall.” Pride in your own strength is laughable. Be mindful that you are fragile. We think we are strong, capable, talented people, but we are completely vulnerable and dependent on God for everything. I am weak ,but he is strong.