"Because of the extravagance of those revelations, and so I wouldn't get a big head, I was given the gift of a handicap to keep me in constant touch with my limitations. Satan's angel did his best to get me down; what he in fact did was push me to my knees. No danger then of walking around high and mighty! At first I didn't think of it as a gift, and begged God to remove it. Three times I did that, and then he told me,
My grace is enough; it's all you need.
My strength comes into its own in your weakness.
Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ's strength moving in on my weakness. Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size—abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become." 2 Corinthians 12:7-10
What is your thorn? What has been placed in your life, often times without relief that is there simply to draw you near to Him?
I know what mine is. And I hate it, hate it, hate it. I can't even describe to you the complete loathing I have for it. I have BEGGED to be rid of it. And it's not that He can't heal it, for we know that following a deep spirit of thanksgiving is a miracle-- but this thorn is a tool, this is how Christ is using me as His vessel.
What are you doing with your thorn? Will you become a case of Christ's strength moving in on weakness?
I fervently pray that I will.