I need to start out with a big apology. In last month’s article, I inadvertently credited Jason Gray with “I Refuse,” but that is really Josh Wilson’s song. I was made aware of my mix-up by a kind woman who graciously pointed out my mistake and then shared a few things that I hadn’t known. I learned that Gray has a speech impediment and stutters when talking, but it isn’t noticeable at all when he sings. Amazing.
That reminded me of a young woman my daughter and I heard with the “Revolve” tour last year. Jamie Grace has Tourette’s syndrome. While speaking, she sometimes makes uncontrollable sounds and has tics. However, when she is singing songs to God, that all disappears.
South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius, a double amputee, advanced to the semi-finals in the 400-meter race at the Summer Olympics in London last week. What a thrill to see him running as one of the fastest runners in the world on carbon-fiber and steel blades that are attached to his knees. I didn’t know anything about him before watching his race, but it came as no surprise to find out that he relies on the Lord. When asked why he needs Christ in his life, Oscar replied, “Because He is the reason for my success and the one that takes me from strength to strength.”
In 2 Corinthians 12:9, Paul had been pleading for the Lord to take away a huge problem that he called a thorn in his side. “But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is perfected in weakness.’ Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me.”
The world likes to boast about strength, but Paul boasted in his weakness. Christ’s power is perfected in weakness. What others may see as deficiency and imperfection, God can use as an opportunity to show His incredible strength. He is powerful over any circumstances.
Last year our son graduated after being home-schooled from first grade through 12th. I’m preparing to begin another school year with our daughters soon. It drives me crazy when people tell me that they could never home-school their children. Guess what? On my own, I can’t either. But God won’t ask us to do what He is not willing to accomplish through us.
I might be able to hide weaknesses from others, but I can’t hide them from the One who made me. And I can’t use my inabilities as an excuse not to do something God is calling me to do. Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Not some things or most things, but all things ... through Christ.
I have a sign propped up in front of my kitchen sink that says “BELIEVE With God all things are possible” based on Luke 1:37 “For nothing is impossible with God” and Matthew 19:23-26: “Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.’ When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, ‘Who then can be saved?’ Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’”
I may not be dealing with a speech impediment or leg amputations, but I need daily reminders of that truth. God’s grace is sufficient despite our weaknesses. Nothing is impossible with Him.
• Lisa Jisa and her family have been residents of Ahwatukee Foothills since 2000. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.