This post is written to link with Five Minute Friday: write for five minutes on a one-word prompt. The prompt today is “strong.”
I used to think that being strong meant holding it all together.
Keep going, keep smiling, bury the difficult feelings down deep, hope that they might just disappear…
Strong meant being competent and capable – meeting expectations, getting the job done. It meant hiding the truth behind assurances of, “I’m fine,” and never letting them see the struggles.
But then I discovered that we were never meant to be strong, that God certainly doesn’t expect it.
“For he knows how weak we are; he remembers we are only dust.” (Psalm 103:14 NLT)
He never intended for us to keep going and keep smiling. I found that true strength is his strength.
“My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9 NLT)
And we embrace that strength by acknowledging our weakness and turning to him.
Strong is vulnerable and honest – acknowledging the pain and difficult feelings and letting God in so he can heal.
Strong is choosing to face it rather than to bury it.
Strong is being real with others so we can love and help one another, because, really, none of us are strong. We all need support and our own strength will never be enough, but fortunately God is there to offer what we need.
Have you never heard?
Have you never understood?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of all the earth.
He never grows weak or weary.
No one can measure the depths of his understanding. He gives power to the weak
and strength to the powerless. Even youths will become weak and tired,
and young men will fall in exhaustion.
But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.
They will soar high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary.
They will walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:28-31 NLT)