As God said to Paul, God said also to me: “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9). Through the people around me, God convinced me that God’s best work could be done with my worst experiences.
Saying that God is able to work perfectly in my weakness does not mean my divorce was part of God’s perfect plan. Thankfully, God’s specialty is working good out of situations that are not God’s will. Case in point: Jesus’ death on the cross.
Frederick Buechner says, Christ’s resurrection means that “The worst isn’t the last thing about the world. It’s the next to the last thing. The last thing is the best. It’s the power from on high that comes down into the world, that wells up from the rock-bottom worst of the world like a hidden spring.”
God shows up most clearly in our worst moments, making perfect what is weak, setting right what is broken.
This message is excerpted from “Perfect Weakness” by Collette Broady Grund in the August 2017 Cafe online magazine. Today is the Seventh Sunday of Easter. Today we commemorate Jiri Tranovsky, hymnwriter, 1637.
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