I felt that way back in January as I was preparing to launch my new talk for The Marriage Project. you may remember that the day before I was to present that talk for the first time, our row of townhouses caught on fire.
After being relieved that everyone was OK, my next thought was, “How am I going to finish this speech?” (Now if you’re thinking, “Wow, it is the day before your speech and everything is not neatly wrapped up, printed, and put into a labeled folder?” Well, you and I can’t be friends.)
The night before, I called in the cavalry. I wrote to a bunch of my speaker friends and asked for prayer.
And they prayed. Oh how they prayed.
I went and spoke and it was a Jesus-is-the-only-one-who-could-pull-it-off kind of morning.
After speaking, two people booked Roger and I to come and speak at their groups. Right while I was standing there. Several women came up and talked to me about how the message hit them right where they were struggling in their own marriages. It was a morning that only our Maker could pull off.
When I reported this back to my prayer peeps, my friend (and fellow Harvest House author) Cindi McMenamin sent me and my fellow speakers this reply:
Kathi (and her praying friends):
Your experience paralleled what I read this morning from J.I. Packer’s “Rediscovering Holiness”: “The Pattern is that the Lord first makes us conscious of our weakness so that our heart cries out, “I can’t handle this.” We go to the Lord to ask him to remove the burden that we feel is crushing us. But Christ replies: “In my strength you can handle this, and in answer to your prayer, I will strengthen you to handle it.” Thus in the end our testimony, like Paul’s is: “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” …For only at the point where the insufficiency of natural strength is faced, felt, and admitted does divine empowering begin.”
God was truly strong in your weakness. Way to go, girl. Way to go, God!
Doesn’t that just kill you?
“For only at the point where the insufficiency of natural strength is faced, felt, and admitted does divine empowering begin.”
Do you feel ashamed of your weakness? Of your feelings of being overwhelmed? I need to recognize and face my insufficiency every single day, admit it and ask God for His empowerment.
What area do you need to feel His strength today?
She and her husband Roger are the parents of four young adults in San Jose, CA. When she’s not dating her husband or hanging out with her puggle Jake, Kathi is speaking at retreats, conferences and women’s events across the US.