“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. “
Paul wrote about having a thorn in his flesh and asking the Lord to remove it in 2 Corinthians 12 and God’s response was that his grace was sufficient for him. There has been much speculation regarding what the thorn in Paul’s flesh was, but I won’t get into that in this post. My focus is on God’s grace being sufficient.
Anyone living with a chronic illness understands what it is like to want a cure, to be healed. Thankfully with modern medicine chronic conditions can be managed or helped somewhat, but not cured. There is no cure for many chronic illnesses.
I know what it is like to live with pain and being grateful for the days with less pain. I know what it is like to live with fatigue the kind that; as wonderful as it is. coffee does not take away.
Paul wrote something else while living with his chronic condition in Philippians 3:
“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me”
Pressing on is not easy but so worth it. By pressing on with Jesus, we experience so many joys along the way such as seeing lives change, seeing people come to know Jesus, seeing God at work.
Pressing on while living with a chronic illness and depending on God for daily, sometimes hourly, strength is something I respect in others due to experiencing it myself.
One of my fellow bloggers has a rare genetic condition called
Friedreich’s Ataxia which causes her to need a wheelchair. However, she presses on to serve Jesus. Her name is Lily. You can read about her story in strength is not always literal. Her blog is retrospectivelily.com.
As my theme song for this week after Easter, Because He Lives, says, “Because he lives I can face tomorrow” Anyone living with a chronic illness who lives to serve Jesus like Lily does has a perspective that will encourage us to press on.
Thank you for reading. God Bless.