Weakness Is Not a Crisis
“O LORD, make me to know my end and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting I am! Behold, you have made my days a few handbreadths, and my lifetime is as nothing before you. Surely all mankind goes about as a shadow! . . . And now, O Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in you.” Psalm 39:4-7
My husband and I have been spending this past week in Reykjavik, and of all the joys of being here amongst our Icelandic friends, I think my favorite part of the trip has been having opportunities to reflect on my smallness in the grand scheme of things. Everywhere I look, there’s a reminder of God’s power and creativity.
Even the wind seems determined to show me how weak and insignificant I am (it was a grace of God I wasn’t blown right off the edge of a cliff into a roaring waterfall on Saturday). The mountains tower over me with their icy ridges. The geysers spout boiling water well above my head level. The rugged valleys appear to swallow up the human structures built within them. And none of these wonders ask our permission to exist or function.
We are constantly reminded of our frailty, even through the predictable needs and boundaries of our families, our bodies, and the institutions we owe money to. We spend so much time building ourselves up and clamoring for a sense of security because we know we’re weak...we know we have little to no control over the reality that rages around us. Yet, this frailty is not a problem to overcome, not if we know and trust the Lord. His power surpasses ours to an extent we cannot comprehend. May we rest in that.
Father, though it’s a hard prayer to pray, please make me small. Humble me in light of Your power and creativity. Prevent me from going about life without concern for what is important or without having the knowledge that I am not the center of the universe. I am such a tiny and insignificant part of it. Help me reject the lies of my culture and find freedom in that humility, rather than anxiety. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
What’s one thing you’ve experienced or seen lately, either in nature or in day-to-day life, that has given you a sense of frailty, weakness, or smallness? What attribute of God is revealed in contrast with the kind of weakness this thing reveals in yourself?
Jessica is a native to the Appalachian mountains of Asheville, North Carolina, although she now resides in northern Virginia with her husband. She has been a lover of reading since elementary school and a lover of Christ since high school. She is a full time English major, in hopes that her studies will help her more effectively minister to other through written words. Her favorite things in the world are British tea, old books, autumn leaves, dry humor, and rainy weather. Her goal as a writer is to demonstrate how the Gospel, objective truth, and sound theology are not only applicable, but essential, to all aspects of life as a woman, especially in a world that celebrates sin, false doctrine, and self-sufficiency.