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Watch Out, Spider!

In my effort to get to work on time the other day, I, as usual, went flying out the front door and raced with my purse, foam “guzzler” of iced tea and bagel. Clay chose to fly out the door after me and  reminded me that he had seen a spider in the door of the car that we needed to take care of. I didn’t want to disappoint him the pleasure of killing a spider, but if I identified it quickly enough I could proceed down the road and reach my destination on time. My plan was to put Clay at ease and take care of it Iater that day. I opened the back door and asked him where he had seen the offender. This spider had built a web between the doors that you could only see if you opened the back or front door on the driver’s side. All I could see was two egg sacks and a complex web. Clay pointed it out as it was hiding up under the hinge that holds the door in place. The way the spider was hiding I could not identify it so with a stick I removed part of the web and the egg sacks and “squashed” them. I didn’t want them hatching and taking over my car. It is a small four door and there wouldn’t be room for all of us. 🙂 Anyway, because I couldn’t see very well I closed the back door and opened the front door to see if I could get a better view. I did. It was a black spider so I was immediately concerned I asked Clay to run inside and get the bug spray. When he returned, I armed myself with bug spray in one hand and a stick in the other.  I sprayed it good and as it slowly descended on a silky strand of web with legs curling I saw the red hour-glass shape on it. It was a black widow. I got chills as I “squashed” it when I realized that it had been there for quite some time. At any moment, it could have chosen to hop out on me or one the boys and hurt us.  I praise the Lord for his hand of protection on our family.

As I went throughout my day, I could not stop thinking about the near miss we had and God’s protecting hand. Then my thoughts lead me to realize that temptation and sin is there lurking, waiting for just the right moment to strike. It waits patiently for the opportunity to catch me with my guard down and in the place where I am the weakest. At every turn in this life, sin is all around us. We are faced with it in the media, in the places we go, and sometimes in strangers we come in contact with. We need to be ever mindful that there is one that would love to see us fail and bring down the name of Christ. It is so important for us to watch out for these opportunities, and “squash” them as we would a poisonous spider.

It is not easy to turn from temptation and sin, but we have the Holy Spirit inside of us and a Savior who overcame the very essence of sin and death on the cross.  It is God who provides a way of escape for us so we do not have to give in to the temptation.  In 1 Corinthians 10:13, we read, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will no suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”  We are going to be tempted to do the wrong thing. Satan does not want us to succeed in the Christian life, and if he can keep us defeated, he most certainly will. My favorite line in this verse is “God is faithful.” He is here with us and we can rely on his strength when we are weak. When we became a Christian, we trusted Him with our very soul. In the same way, we can trust God for our daily keeping also. He can help us to resist temptation and guard against the attacks of those who would harm us.

It is time for you and me to keep our eyes open and watch for potential danger, temptation and sin. We know we have a friend who has endured such temptation and become a victor over it. We must turn in Jesus in our need. Jesus is our hope and He is ever faithful.

The Deadly Duo

I’ve done it again. As I was elbows deep in a project at work, I found myself stopping what I was doing to make some minor adjustments to one of the columns of the form I was typing. It was not lined up perfectly. Perfectionism strikes again!!! Just when I think I have this particular problem licked, it pops up again.  The problem I am running across is not so much a perfection problem, but a problem in another area, pride. Ouch! The Deadly Duo strikes again!

When I work and work to perform perfectly, 100% of the time I have to deal with the issue of pride.  For as far back as I can remember I have dealt with the drive to be perfect. As a girl I was not skinny, I was not large either just kind of average. I was picked on by the skinny girls in school. I often wore my feelings on my sleeve so I guess I made an easy target. In high school, I struggled with school work. It would drive me nuts to miss a problem on a test and to miss more was heart breaking. The same girls I had dealings with in grade school followed me into high school. The pokes and prods were more subtle, but we both knew what they meant. The drive to achieve and be liked were my primary focus. I had given my life to God, yet these issues were a constant struggle. The perfection I was trying to attain was my down fall. When I did something just right, I tended to gloat over that saying to myself, “Just look what you have done!” 

Please, Please do not misunderstand what I am saying. I should always strive to do my best in whatever I undertake and when something is done well it gives me a good feeling inside. On the other hand, there is also an unhealthy pride that can cause me to filled up with myself and focus only on me, me, me.  My focus should not be on what I have done, but on what God has accomplished through me. My focus should always be on doing my best for God’s glory, so He will receive the praise and others will be pointed to Him. It is all about relinquishing control. Most recovering and acting perfectionists can tell the difference and can identify when pride is an issue or not. Let me share with you what God has shown me this week.

In the Word of God, we can find the answers we need to combat the sin of perfectionism and pride. While reading last week, I found a portion of Scripture that I had read before, but God opened my eyes and gave me new understanding on this familiar passage. In Galatians 3:3, we read, “Are ye so foolish  having  begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?” Paul is addressing the problem the Galatians were having with Salvation. They were trying to add to what Christ had done on the cross, and reverting back to the law rather than having and acting in faith. Verse 3 continues with this thought, and that is how I had always viewed these verses. At once, I felt God asking me “Don’t you know you are being foolish? You have trusted me for the provision of Salvation, yet you are continually trying to perform perfectly in your flesh. It is time to give up control and trust me. You don’t have to be perfect. Let me work through you and leave the results to Me.”  His gentle voice went straight to my heart. I have been thinking and acting in the flesh (which is full of pride) and not in the Spirit. Maybe you are with me on this, and you struggle with this issue also. There is hope for you and me. The more I am filled up with Him; the less I am filled up with myself.

The question is “How do we combat these sins of perfectionism and pride?” As with any sin the first step is to recognize it for what it is and ask our Heavenly Father for forgiveness. When this first became an issue I did not want to recognize that this “drive to be perfect” was a sin. Pride again was rearing its ugly head. Recognition and acknowledgment is where we must begin. 

Secondly, Pray, Pray, Pray! When you find yourself tempted, pray for help. God has never turned away from us when we cried out to Him and He never will.  Psalm 18:6 reads, “In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.”  God is waiting to hear from you. He doesn’t want you to struggle. He wants you overcome and you can through Him.

Thirdly, Search God’s Word and find Scripture that you can run to when you need it most. The following verses in Psalm 18 helped me, “As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the Lord is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him… It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.”(Verse 30 & 32)  When we see what God can do through us, It is so much better than for us to try and do it for ourselves. His way is perfect, so we don’t have to try to be.  Praise Him! God is our help, our deliverer!

Combat the deadly duo with prayer and praise. You won’t be sorry.

Going For The Gold

I can’t help but imagine how the words “Gold Medal” stirs the heart of every athlete. It is something that they have been striving to attain. The “Gold Medal” is the reason they train for years and years. For those who make it to the podium with top honors glow with the knowledge that they gave it their all and achieved the highest standing in their particular event. I love watching the medal ceremonies. The joy and triumph just radiates off of them and when the anthem of their country plays and their flag is raised high, we often we see tears with the beautiful smiles.

In the Christian Life, My first thought was that we can go for the gold too. God has promised in his Word that there are crowns that we can go for. How often I wonder do we think of gaining these crowns without putting forth the effort that goes with it. When watching athletes, we see only the race, dive, contest, or tumbling pass. We do not see all of the practice, and hours upon hours in the gym lifting weights and training. As I was pondering all of the ends and outs of this train of thought, I was reminded of a verse in Job. “But He knoweth the way that I take and when He has tried me I shall come forth as gold.” –Job 23:10 

With achievement and glory comes sacrifice. It could be sacrifice of time, personal benefits, etc. The glory of the medal is achieved by the effort put into it and the pain and suffering that goes with it. There is a lot of things these athletes have to endure to get to the place where they can rejoice in the accomplishment. I see the same parallels with the Christian walk. Trials are going to come into our lives. Obstacles will be put in our path that need to be overcome. Through this trying process our God is purifying us so we can come forth as gold. He is refining us for better things so we can serve Him better.

I’m sure every athlete that receives the gold medal looks back on all they had to do and acknowledge that it was worth it. I know in my own life I have never been sorry for following God. He has been with me in every trial and is making and molding me into the Christian He wants me to be. Have I every faltered or questioned Him during the process? Oh, Yes! I am only human, but deep in my heart I know what He is doing is for my good so I too can come forth as Gold.

“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”  –Hebrews 12:2

“There are some things you have to endure to get to the place of rejoicing.” –Clyde Box

Back to Nature!

I shared in my last post what a great Mother’s Day I experienced and the things that awaited me on Sunday morning. On Saturday, however, I had the delightful experience of going with my hubby and boys down to St. Marks Wildlife Refuge.

We took off Saturday morning to head to one of favorite places and get “back to nature”. For as long as I can remember, I have enjoyed walking in the woods and looking for wildlife, flowers, etc. This Saturday was no exception.  There is always something so relaxing as a jaunt through the woods. Whether it is getting away from the phone and distractions of every day life, or taking the time to stop and take in the beauty of God’s creation I’m not sure which one helps me more in body and spirit. I do know that I wouldn’t trade the time with my family and the joy of being with the ones I love.

You never know what you might come across. We have such fun seeing how many different species of birds and animals we can identify. By looking at the maps of the trails, my hubby showed me one that we had never taken before, so I thought there was a good chance that we might come across something we had yet to see. Armed with hiking poles and binoculars, we headed out for our adventure.  We hit the trail about 10:00 a.m. and hiked to our heart’s content. We saw many species of birds and got some great pictures. Later, we encountered a small gator lounging in the middle of the trail. This is most unusual because we mostly see them in the water or on the banks next to the canals. We took some pictures, not to close of course to document our adventure. After our hike, We stopped by the jeep to grab and drink and to go to the lighthouse down on the gulf. Later, we had a picnic by a pond where birds gather. By now we were ready to ride to Wakulla Springs and spend the afternoon swimming and playing in the water. It was a wonderful day. 

As I was recalling the joy of the day, it came to mind that as I go to God’s Word I experience much the same feeling and joy as spending the day in the woods. First of all, my body and spirit receives a calming, relaxing effect on me as I delve into the Scriptures. It pulls me away from the distractions and cares of this life and uplifts me. I am strengthened in my daily walk. The longer I stay and the further I go I receive the benefit of letting go of the stress and worry, and sweetly commune with my heavenly Father.

Secondly, as I pick up my Bible to read and study, I never know what I will find. Unexpected truth and blessings pop out and speak to my heart and soul. I experience peace and joy as I study the word. The wealth of promises uplift me and encourage me in my walk of faith. Yes, sometimes I am convicted of something that I need to work on in my walk with the Lord, but I know I will find the help I need to watch out for the dangers this world throws in our path. I also know if I grow weary in the walk, God will help to lighten the load I carry, take my hand and go with me. I need this time with Him to prepare for the day ahead of me.

At the end of the day, Saturday, I was tired, but unbelievably refreshed and renewed and ready to gear up for the challenges ahead of me this week. In the same way as I go the Word, I am ready to “gear up” for what God has for me to do today. It is not what I can do in my strength, but what he can do through me.  When I need to get away from it all, I have a place I can go to get “back to nature”.  I know, also, when I need Him, I can go “back to the Word” where stresses will be relieved, burdens can be laid down, and communion with Our Great God can and will occur.

“Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Se’lah”     ~ Psalm 68:19 ~

Just Be Still!

Life has kicked into high gear. Almost everyone I have talked to lately has told me how busy they have been during the last few months. It has struck me funny, because when I see a friend I have not seen in a while I always ask how they are doing. The answer has consistently been the same. “I am just so busy!”  As I was sitting on the bleachers last night watching my son practicing with his baseball team, I fell into conversation with a few of the other moms doing the same thing. One of the main topics was how we were dealing with the task of keeping our kids and their activities organized. “I can’t seem to slow down,” one replied, “we are always running from one thing to the next.” Can anyone out there relate?

We are busy people and keeping things organized has proved to be the ultimate challenge. How do we do it? How do we stay on top of it all? This morning in the quietness of the moment, while the kids were still asleep, these words overwhelmed me, “Be still and know that I am God.” It was not an audible voice, just my heart communing with His heart. Just take a moment and “Be Still.”

For my own sake, I need to take time and just be still and recognize that God is God.  The one who created the universe and set the sun, moon and stars in place knows my name. The one who gave the ultimate sacrifice to redeem me from my sinful condition knows where I am at this moment.  The one who knows me better than I know myself sees my weakness and is able to strengthen me, but I must be still. 

The verses in Psalms telling us to wait on the Lord are numerous and Isaiah 40:31 has always been an encouragement to me. “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings as eagles. They shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”  Before we being running around, we must wait and renew with God.  Being still and waiting are not going to happen if we don’t make a conscious effort to see that it does. God is there to answer our prayers and give us the strength and the fortitude to make it through anything life throws at us. Our part is to be still and know that he is God.  When life overwhelms you, take a moment close your eyes, (unless you are driving your kids somewhere,  🙂   If you are, bow your heart before Him) and talk to your heavenly Father then be still and let Him talk back to you. Take a moment and recognize who He is and in that moment find the sweet peace that only God can give.

Don’t delay! Take a moment right now and just be still. 🙂

In My Weakness

Over the past few days a song has been playing over and over in my mind. This seems to happen to me quite often. Most of the time I find it is a song that I don’t want playing over and over in my mind. It is usually one that I gets on my nerves, or one with extremely weird or “hokey” lyrics going dun, dun, dun in my brain. This week however it has been different. It is a song that came out several years ago recorded by the “Singing Americans” which was a gospel group based in North Carolina. The name of the song is “In My Weakness”.

In my weakness, he is strong. In my need he lingers on. When I come to the end of all I am, and I place my trust in him, that’s where his strength begins… in my weakness.”

I really feel like God placed that song in my mind for a particular reason. The last few weeks have been crazy. My family has been fighting sickness, and to be honest I have been weak and just plain weary. A tiredness that has settled over me and I can’t seem to catch my breath. Then day before yesterday, this beautiful song began to resonate in my brain. When a moment of quiet overshadows me, the music washes over my heart and mind, and plays the sweet harmony of “In My Weakness.”

Maybe you are where I am today, you are tired and weary fighting the good fight of faith. Maybe you are just tired with the overwhelming amount of things that have to get done today.  Sometimes when we are the most weary are the times we can’t stop and rest. Yet, we have the promise of His strength.  How can we truly know the depth of the strength of Christ till we come to the end of what is in our power to do? His strength takes control when our strength comes to an end. Many times in my own life I find I try to go forward in my own strength thinking I can handle all the problems of day to day life, but it is not about what I can do. As much as I try to tell myself I am strong, I see my weakness, but that is okay. When I recognize just how weak I am, It frees me to rest and rely on the one whose strength is perfect.

Paul said it best when inspired by God in 2 Corinthians 12:9 to write, “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

The world will tell you that you are strong enough to handle all that life throws at you. Be strong and pull yourself up. In his word however we find the true key to making it along in this life.  Be willing to admit you are weak, and rely on the strength of one who is more than capable and willing to carry your burdens for you. Paul rejoiced in his problems. Why did he do this? He knew that when he did the power of Christ would rest upon him. We need to give to God the cares and problems of this life and stop wearing ourselves out trying to carry them alone. We don’t need to be afraid to show our weakness before our Heavenly Father. He knows all things. We do need to recognize it for ourselves. Have you come to the end of all you can do and all that you are? His strength is there. Claim it.

“I place my trust in him, that’s where his strength begins… in my weakness.”

“Day By Day Grace”

“It does not matter where God places me or how.  That is rather for Him to consider than for me.  For the easiest positions He must give grace; and in the most difficult His grace is sufficient.  So, if God places me in great perplexity, must He not give me much guidance? in positions of great difficulty, much grace? in circumstances of great pressure and trial, much strength?  As to work, ministry was never so plentiful, so responsible, or so difficult; but the weight and strain are all gone.  His resources are mine, for He is mine.”

–J. Hudson Taylor, Missionary to China

“Grace.” It is a small word, but the depth of its meaning transcends time and place.  As a child, my teacher in Sunday School taught me that Grace meant “God Riches At Christ’s Expense”. This definition of grace helped my childish mind to wrap itself around this concept. God extended salvation to me because of his grace. Titus 2:11 reads, “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men.”  In my sinful state, I needed what He showed to mankind through Christ’s death on the cross. I needed the salvation he offered.   Songs, poems, essays and sermons have been written expressing in words the amazing grace of God.  Perhaps the most well know is “Amazing grace how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me.” (John Newton)  Countless men and women throughout time have been awe struck by the “salvation grace” he poured out upon the human race and great debaters have gathered to discuss the importance and deeper meaning of the word, “Grace.”

However, As I grew and matured in my faith and walk with Christ, I experienced first hand the grace God gives to us on a daily basis. When the storms of life came upon me I discovered beautiful “day by day grace”.  In small trials and overwhelming storms of life, I found not only a friend I could count on but also a grace that was as big as I needed it to be. (Ephesians 2:7)  When I was in situations beyond my control and nothing I could do could have any bearing on the situation, I discovered the great grace of God was there for me.

In  2 Corinthians 12:9, Paul declares, “And he said unto me, My Grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”  Paul experienced trial upon trial to spread the word of God to the people of that time.  In the circumstances beyond his control Paul discovered the day by day grace of God an invaluable source of strength and encouragement. For in weakness we discover reliance upon God to be the only strength available.

J. Hudson Taylor had truly discovered grace when he penned the words above.  Perhaps you are struggling in the location God has placed you. I can honestly say I have been in that situation.  I was in a place where I wanted to get out. I wanted God to immediately fix the situation and make it better. (A lot of “I, I, I ‘s” don’t you think? 🙂 ) I wanted to be removed from that place, but God had something to teach me first. He wanted to show me that there was not only “salvation grace” but also “day by day grace”. No matter where God has placed you or what you are going through we have a God who loves and cares about you. Sometimes, He puts us in a place so we can see who we really are and who He really is. God might immediately remove you from the place of trial or He may wait, but no matter where we are God has our best interests on His mind and heart. We might want to give God the benefit of the doubt that He knows about our present circumstances and has a plan that is bigger than us. Our purpose is to please Him and glorify Him.  We can do that in everything.  Let us never forget that as Christians, we have at our disposal a magnificent amount of grace. We have help in our time of need. You may experience this day by day grace today.

“His resources are mine for He is mine.”

A Call To Courage

Dr. David Livingstone was a famous missionary working in the uncharted areas of Africa. A group of friends and supporters wrote him a letter proclaiming: “We would like to send other men to you. Have you found a good road into your area yet?”

Dr. Livingstone sent this message in reply: “If you have men who will only come if they know there is a good road, I don’t want them. I want men who will come if there is no road at all.”

What challenges lie ahead of you? What roads would you be willing to go down if you knew you would not fail? God has given to us so many places in his Word to cling to when we are faced with a trial or challenge that is bigger than we are able to handle. In the first chapter of the book of Joshua, Joshua was faced with an incredible task which was to take over as leader of the nation of Israel. I am sure he had much anxiety knowing he would have to fill Moses shoes. Joshua would be following one of the greatest leaders in the history of the world. The Lord came to Joshua and spoke to him these words in Joshua 1:9, “Have not I commanded you be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”

We can also take great comfort in these words. During the times of our lives when fear has surrounded us, He shows to us that we can have courage because He is on our side. I am reminded of Paul the apostle, when faced with an overwhelming challenge, penned these words, “For when I am weak then He is strong.” Perhaps God places these trials and challenges before us to see if we know who to run to in the midst of adversity. He wants us to rely on Him for all of our needs. He wants us to trust Him when the way before us is dimly lit. He wants us to follow Him with faith knowing He will not lead us astray. We may find ourselves in the situation where we cannot see the hand of God, but we know and can always trust that he has our best interests at his heart. You and I can have the courage needed to face the challenges before us. All that we need is readily available in Jesus Christ. We must run toward him and then go forward with Him and face the obstacles and challenges with courage and conviction.

Don’t let obstacles keep you from moving forward. Jesus is looking for people who will be willing to venture into uncharted territories and face whatever lies ahead.

Be a trailblazer for God!

“We never become truly spiritual by sitting down and wishing to become so. You must undertake something so great that you cannot accomplish it unaided.” —Phillips Brooks

The Confidence Factor

As I was growing up my mother was the person who had the greatest impact on my movie and television watching. For the most part I guess you could say, we watched what she wanted to watch.  This is the reason I developed a great love for musicals. She adored them. We would watch them often and she also had the 33′ long playing records for the most memorable ones, and we would listen to them for hours.  There is just something about a person running out on a hillside and bursting into song.  (Some may call this corny, but I happen to love it! 🙂 )  Which brings me to one of my favorite movies of all time is “The Sound of Music”.  I remember the awe I felt as a little girl watching it for the first time. It was fantastic!!!

When Maria leaves the convent to go and work for the Von Trap Family, Maria sings as she travels the song, “I’ve got confidence.” She sings joyfully of how great she will be and how the children will respect her. As she sings her voice gets stronger and stronger and she gets more and more confident in herself and in her abilities.   Then she sees the house how large and looming it is and she stops completely in her tracts, and whispers a prayer,  “Oh, help!” When it was crunch time, she knew where she needed to go for her strength and comfort.

How often I feel that way myself. I find myself running along and thinking that I have the confidence I need to do the massive amount of things I have to do.  Too often the Lord has to stop me in my tracts and show me it is not about the confidence I have in myself, but the confidence I have in Him.  There have been many times lately when I my whispers of “Oh Help!” have resonated through my home, at work, and even at church.  I am thankful we have a God who is patient, kind, loving and especially patient with this child of His.  In my distress I know I am not alone.  He hears and answers my prayers though many times those prayers are prayers of desperation or confession of my own shortcomings that have placed me in the deperate circumstances in which I find myself entangled.

While having my devotions yesterday, I came across this verse in 1 John 5:14-15, “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.”  When my confidence wavers, I can have confidence in him in all things.  He knows what I need and what is best for me, therefore I need to ask him what his will is for me every day.  God is the only one who is truly worthy to carry our confidence. Over and over He has proved himself true and faithful in my life. I can give him all my burdens and hurts and have confidence that He can carry them without any help from me. 

This is my Confidence Factor. I need not have confidence in any other.

All the Strength I Need

As I continue my reading through the Bible, I came across a Psalm that I had read several times previously.  I began to examine the individual verses, and I saw a great vein of truth in each one. The psalm I am referring to is Psalm 18.

This Psalm begins with a powerful verse:

“I will love thee, O Lord, my strength.”

Why do you suppose that David began this Psalm in this way?  By reading in the forward of the Psalm, you will find that this Psalm was written when David was being pursued by an angry Saul who wanted to kill him. David was living on the run, hiding in caves, sleeping on the ground and just trying to survive.  We can certainly see how weary and tired David had become physically and emotionally. God had promised him the throne and the honor of being King of Israel, yet here he was trying to protect his very existence. In this state, He chose to praise and declare his love to the one who was his daily strength. David may have been running, but he knew who to run to for the strength and encouragement that he needed.

This reminds me of Phil 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” This strength of Christ is readily available to us. We need to realize that we are not strong on our own. We are weak ones who need to rely on God for our very existence also.

Paul knew where to go when he needed strength due to a physical infirmity. He states in 2 Corinthians 12:8-10, “For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

I came across a story this weekend that illustrates this beautiful picture of strength in action:

A young boy was on a hike through the woods with his father when he came upon a mid-size boulder.

“Dad,” he asked, “Do you think I can move that boulder?”

The father replied, “Yes, son, you can move that boulder if you use all of your strength.”

The boy pushed with all that was in him. He pushed and grunted and pushed some more, but the boulder would not budge. Frustrated, he said, “You were wrong, Dad, I can’t move it.”

The father replied, “You could have moved it if you used all of your strength, but you didn’t because you didn’t ask me for help.”

All the strength we need is readily available. Who are you running to?