my power is made perfect in weakness

2 Corinthians 12:9 says “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.”

It might seem weird to highlight weakness when we talk about being a LEOW, or even about being an officer. Doesn’t the world tell us that weakness is bad, that we need to be strong? For ourselves, for our spouses, for our families? Well, yes. Yes and no.

I know that you are strong, because you wouldn’t be put into the role of LEOW if you weren’t. You know that saying “God made the strongest women police wives”? That’s true! But the truth is, we can’t be strong all of the time. Luckily, God says that’s okay-that He works best with those who reach out to Him in their times of weakness. His grace covers our flaws, and His power overcomes our weakness.

Because we are only human we are bound to fall short sometimes. Maybe it’s falling short with the housekeeping-the laundry is overflowing, you forgot to get more Clorox wipes, the garage has stacks of boxes you’ve been meaning to go through (since you moved in two years ago…). Maybe it’s at work-you try and try to get ahead but this week the emails just keep pouring in and the to do list is two sided and sticky notes cover your monitor. Maybe it’s in your marriage-your patience is simply thinner this week, you’ve become annoyed at your spouse’s normal quirks, your mouth opens before you can filter the things that come out.

We all fall short sometimes in a lot of different areas, but when we reach out to God, He can help us cover those shortages. When we are weak, He remains strong. When we fall short, His grace remains. Isn’t that encouraging?

Lord, today I ask for Your grace and Your power. You have created me intricately and wonderfully and with You I lack nothing. Please remind me of this when I second guess myself, when I feel weak, and when I need a little encouragement. I pray that You will use me as a rock to my officer and my family in times of weakness, a rock that rests on the firmest of all foundations-You. Remind us to turn to You when we are feeling weak or defeated so that we may be reminded of Your loving grace.

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