Are you familiar with those moments when you get past the point of being overwhelmed? It’s when you are beyond the place when your schedule is too full, or when the debt is too high, or when your job is too difficult, or when your heart is in too much pain. Yeah, I was just there, and it wasn’t fun. But it was good.
This year has been a year of transition for my family: Leaving a great ministry. Praying about where we should go. Putting our house up for sale. Preparing to say goodbye to our friends and family. In the midst of all this, there has been an unknown that has put us over the top.
It is the fact that we are foster parents.
We have two little foster kids, and we have had them for quite some time. Our foster son has been with us for 17 months, and our foster daughter for 9 months.
So now we have decided we are moving, and are eager to join this new ministry, but we can’t. We don’t know what is going to happen with our foster kids. We want to take them with us, but we are waiting on the word from the courts. And so we wait.
Every other week I go to court to diligently defend our little ones. Each time I go I’m hoping that that will be the day we will know something concrete about their cases. And up to this point, each time I leave disappointed.
Last week it hit a breaking point for me. Driving away from the courthouse all the frustration, fear, anxiety and unknowns were too much for me to carry on my own. I pulled the car over to admit to God – I wasn’t strong enough.
Shortly thereafter I got a text from a friend:
But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.” II Corinthians 2:14
Christ ALWAYS leads us in victory.
As I read that verse, it reminded me of another section of II Corinthians:
But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” II Corinthians 12:9-10
That’s the word.
If we believe the Scriptures to be God’s Word, then we believe them to be true. If we believe them to be true, we believe God’s grace is sufficient. If we believe God’s grace is sufficient, then we believe his grace is sufficient ALL of the time. Without exception.
If you have been in, or find yourself in a similar situation in the future, I’d encourage you – as my friend did me – that his grace is sufficient to sustain you when you are weak, when you are overwhelmed, or frustrated, or at the end of your rope, all of the time.
When we believe that, we are willing to walk into our insecurities, or face our fears, or even endure when our desire is to give up. After all, when we are weak, Christ’s power rests upon us.
Did you need to be reminded of this today?