“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. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
“Image and dust. To be made in the image of God means that we’re rife with potential. We have the Divine’s capacity in our DNA. We’re like God. We were created to “image” his behavior, to rule like he does, to gather up the raw materials of our planet and reshape them into a world for human beings to flourish and thrive. But that’s only half the story. We’re also made from the dirt, “ashes to ashes, dust to dust”: we’re the original biodegradable containers. Which means we’re born with limitations. We’re not God. We’re mortal, not immortal. Finite, not infinite. Image and dust. Potential and limitations. One of the key tasks of our apprenticeship to Jesus is leaning into both our potentials and limitations.” John Mark Comer
Reading this quote brings 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 alive to me. It paints a picture of the beauty of us being created in the image of God for a purpose, but also as flawed individuals. It reminds me that God created my potential and my limitations on purpose… for a purpose. In my limitations and weaknesses He can demonstrate His strength, not in a belittling way, but in a way that His light can shine onto others.
It reminds me to thank Him for the strengths and weaknesses. To worship Him no matter what. To trust in His plan and purposes. To allow Him to work in me and through me wherever and whenever.