Nine days after being violently assaulted in New York City and by God’s grace only coming out alive and without serious physical injury as one would have expected out of an attack that viciously violent, I am pretty sure I am projecting to the world incredibly strength given how I have pressed forward in life and ministry with love, peace, hope, and joy in Christ. But here is the truth.
I was dragged upward by the hair, my body twisted violently to the left, driven down hard onto my knees on cement, and the rest I have blocked out. My right knee is not yet working properly, and my mind is not right. Sometimes I am fine. Other times I want to cry. I am dazed. My words aren’t coming out right. I tried to ask a hotel worker for pillow cases. I started to ask for envelopes. My mind thought pillows go in pillow cases. So of course they go in envelopes. A little while later, I asked a hotel worker for quarters for the laundry. Then when I wanted to ask her for something else I went to another part of the building and had forgotten I was waiting for quarters. Then I lost the quarters.
I have a lot of hard, serious, and challenging stuff on my mind. Most of all I was recently assaulted. And I am blessed, so blessed, to say, dear world, I am weak. Why is this a blessing? Here is why.
The world teaches us to be proud and strong and put on a show and appearance of self-strength. God hates pride. When we humble ourselves before almighty God and admit our weakness, and yield our hearts and lives to the Lord Jesus Christ, He is strong in us. He is strong through us. He loves us, heals us, strengthens us, comforts us, helps us, guides us, leads us, is there with us.
Oh, sure, the world may laugh at me because I am so weak following being assaulted. And because of all my other weaknesses. But I am so thankful to be weak before the Lord. For the Lord Jesus Christ, He is my strength. He is my Lord, Savior, King, healer, comforter, friend. He is my love, light, peace, hope, companion. He is mine forever. And I am His forevermore.
Please friend, humble yourself before God almighty and bring Him your weakness that He might be your Lord, Savior, and strength. And all else He desires to be in your life. Amen!
“I will love You, O LORD, my strength.” Psalms 18:1 NKJV
“And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 NKJV