This post will be different than others I have made on this blog.  This post is about me and my struggle with an injury.  I do not write this for sympathy or pity, but to show that there is a blessing in difficult circumstances.  Earlier this morning I went to the Orthopedics clinic for a reoccurring knee issue.  I have had five surgeries on my left knee, with two of them being ACL reconstructions.  Last week it gave out and walking has been less than pleasant.  This morning I was given news that was hard for me to accept.  I was told that my knee is beyond repair.  Yes, it was hard to hear, and quite frankly still is.  I am 36 years old with four small children, and I was told it would be best if I do not run around with them.

Through the 16 years I have dealt with this I have learned many things.  It has taught me humility, it has taught me that there is a greater purpose to what I am experiencing, it has taught me that I must trust God and his grace, and that his grace is sufficient to get through whatever is put before.  I now leave with a poem titled The Thorn and 2 Corinthians 12:9.

2 Corinthians 12:9 “but he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” I will all the more gladly boast of my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

The Thorn

by Martha Snell Nicholson

I stood a mendicant of God before His royal throne
And begged him for one priceless gift, which I could call my own.
I took the gift from out His hand, but as I would depart
I cried, “But Lord this is a thorn and it has pierced my heart.
This is a strange, a hurtful gift, which Thou hast given me.”
He said, “My child, I give good gifts and gave My best to thee.”
I took it home and though at first the cruel thorn hurt sore,
As long years passed I learned at last to love it more and more.
I learned He never gives a thorn without this added grace,
He takes the thorn to pin aside the veil which hides His face.

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2 thoughts on “His Grace is Sufficient

  1. Thorns in life are difficult. Yet I’ve learned from Ephesians 5:20 the importance of giving thanks for ALL things: “always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” It is not easy, but God blesses when we obey. Thank you for an excellent post.

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