Yesterday, I was a big, fat failure. It was my first day of working out with a personal trainer – my wedding gift to Chad – and I threw up. Not a lot, just a little. And not because the work was too hard, but because I hadn’t eaten since noon, and even then it was just soup. Kenny (my trainer) said that I definitely need to eat a snack around 4:30 if I’m coming to a training session at 6. Lesson learned.
However, the most upsetting part was that after I threw up, I started crying. I felt like a failure (literally, a big, fat failure), and that was really hard for me. I don’t like to fail, but I know that in my weakness I find His strength. So, I took my blubbering, sweaty self home, showered, and then busted out the Good Book. Here are some of my favorite verses about God’s strength, our weakness and our dependence on Him:
The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
The LORD is the strength of his people, a fortress of salvation for his anointed one.
Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord!
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
2 Timothy 4:17
But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it
1 Peter 4:11
If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.