Grace in Weakness

I loathe public speaking.  My palms sweat, my hands shake, my voice wavers, and I imagine my face is covered in every shade of crimson, when I am asked to do so.  That being said, I find myself in a season of stretching, in which each time I have been asked, I have known the nudging was to say “yes“, despite my personal disdain.  It seems no matter how I pray, I do not become queen of confidence when it is my turn to speak.  His grace gets me through it, but I physically feel shaken.

“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 about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” – (2 Corinthians 12:9)  Though we know not what Paul’s “weakness” was, it was something that tormented him and made what he did, more difficult.  Despite the rejection of his request for it’s removal, he chose to rely on Christ and what He had given – power in his weakness.  I have found this to be a great encouragement, as I have asked many times to not be so fearful when it comes to public speaking.  Though the physical reaction has not been removed, His grace has been present each time I have trusted Him to meet me in this place, and people have made a point to let me know that they received something from what I had to share.  If that isn’t His power present in my weakness, I don’t know what is.

I’ll answer You, Lord,Grace in Weakness

whatever You ask;

regardless of size,

or mountainous task.

For I know You’ll be,

wherever I am;

so I need not fear,

on You, I depend.

Use Lord, my weakness,

to show Your great strength;

equip me to move,

and go to great lengths.

May I boast in You,

of Your mighty grace;

Your goodness and love,

and faithful embrace.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that Your grace is sufficient.  Thank You that You are more than enough.  Thank You that in You, Your power may be made known in our weaknesses.  Forgive us for our fears and doubts, and for our disdain for our own weaknesses.  Help us to see our weaknesses as opportunities for Your strength to be shown, and allow us to embrace the power that You place in us to do as You ask.  Lead us to love as You love us, and may many come to know You as their perfect place of peace, as they choose to invest in a lasting relationship in You.  May You be made evident, even in our weaknesses.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.

6 Comments

  1. He asks only that we recognize our weakness so that we rely upon Him. it is an amazingly beautiful paradox 🙂

  2. Amen. And Yes. Thank you Shannon. I feel the same way but say yes to Him, Alone. Bless you!

  3. I loved this, Shannon. I can’t relate to a fear of public speaking. That is a gift God gave me. But I have hesitations and trepedation about other things. Our family is going through a heartbreaking tragedy now and we’re having to continue praying that God’s strength is made perfect in my weakness. What a powerful testimony. I am finding strength through this season of uncertainty. Thank you for your testimony. You gird the intentional faith I am learning to have. God richly bless you.

    • I will be praying for you and your family in the midst of your present tragedy – for strength, courage, and His peace that passes all understanding, even in the eye of our storms. God bless you and your loved ones as you gather to give thanks.

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