By Manthie Hayes/Guest Columnist
The Picayune Item
By Manthie Hayes
“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. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, n hardships, in persecution, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” — 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
In 2002 my mom was diagnosed with leukemia. If you or a family member has ever had an experience with cancer and chemotherapy you know how destructive the chemicals are to the body. Throughout the weeks of her treatment I watched as her body deteriorated from the medication. She had one complication after another .... But, it was during this time that I really got to see God’s lordship in her life.
I remember how one day in particular, she had been sick all day from the treatments. She had nearly no strength at all and nothing they gave her seemed to help. Her phlebotomist came in to take her blood as asked how she was doing. With the most peaceful and joyful look on her face she said, “I hasn’t been an easy day, but isn’t God good!” I thought to myself, “How can she say that? I’ve seen what she has gone through all day, and most people would be would be miserable and complaining (I know I would have), but she just says, ‘Isn’t God good?’”
That is one of the most vivid memories I have of my mom. She went to be with the Lord in October of that year and since then, when I think of her, that moment sticks out more that others and has helped and inspired me when I was going through difficult times myself. You see, she was so covered in God’s grace— so comforted by His hand, and so confident in His love that she understood what the apostle Paul spoke about in 2 Corinthians 12.
If you are facing a difficult time, I encourage you to meditate on this verse. Allow the Lord to strengthen you and minister to you. Completely turn your situation over to Him and rest in the knowledge that His grace is sufficient. It will give you strength you never thought you could have, and you never know when someone’s life will be changed by witnessing Christ operating in you.
Father, thank you that your grace is sufficient. Help us to continually strive to enter that place in You, where Your comfort, grace and mercy overtakes anything we may be experiencing. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
(Editor’s Note: This article exerpt was reprinted from “Bubble Bath Moments” compiled by Manthie Hayes, with the express permission of the author, it is copywrited and published by Resurrection Life Ministries, RLM Media and ReVibe Media Group.)