The scripture that I’ve highlighted is 2 Corinthians 12:7-10. Paul speaks about a “thorn” that he has and that even though he has prayed for it to be removed God answered “No”. And with God’s answer, Paul received sufficient grace and was able to draw on God’s strength. How did Paul do that? How did he continue with this “thorn” knowing that he prayed for it to be gone and that God could remove it if He wanted? And what’s being strong in my weakness all about?
Those are questions I have after reading this passage. I’m not saying I’ve totally grasped this idea or mastered being weak and strong at the same time… but after hearing this podcast and rereading the blog post, I think I understand it a bit more. It’s about trusting that God has something greater in store for me when He answers “No”. God might say “No” but He also can say “Wait” or “Not now”. It’s also about knowing that my weakness makes me dependent on God and that’s when He gives me strength. It’s reminding me that my focus isn’t where it should be- I’m usually focused on the here and now, my situation, my life, mySELF… I should be looking up and focusing on the Lord while I wait for God’s plan to unfold. **That’s why I used the glasses from the Retro stamp set. I need to FOCUS. And the chevrons are supposed to be pointing up- reminding me to look to God. Unfortunately I glued them down before placing them on the clipboard… so they were pointing straight up before that! LOL!
That’s so hard. Focusing on the Lord when there’s a pain in the heart or side (like a thorn/situation or trying to wait patiently while God works everything out). But if I continue to look at SELF I will never see or understand God’s plan or what He’s working on in my life. I miss His purpose. I miss His strength. I miss His sovereignty. I miss what He’s working IN me (meaning I probably will have to learn that lesson AGAIN later! LOL!). I miss the opportunity to share His love to others and giving Him glory.
The “thorn” for my husband and I right now is a period of waiting. It’s hard. I question and don’t understand what God’s doing. But that’s ok- I need to SHIFT MY FOCUS ONTO THE LORD WHILE I WAIT FOR THE CHANGE/ANSWER. When I focus on God, I will be strong. And when He does answer (or when His plan is revealed), I can boast in Him for what was done… finally seeing that the “thorn” that bothered me so much was actually part of a greater purpose for my life. And in the meantime, I’m letting His sufficient grace be my strength.
OH! And before I forget… that little clipboard opens up to reveal more notes in a booklet! It was super easy to make by folding my white cardstock twice- once to create a booklet that’s the same size as the clipboard and then once more to create a small flap to attach to my bible. This last fold/flap helps me to have even more space on the back of the booklet and in the margin too! Now if I have more thoughts on this passage or praises for the Lord for answers to my prayers about any “thorns” I can write them in these spaces 😊
I hope you are inspired by this post and bible journaling page. I’m praying that we (my husband and I, as well as you if you need to) will change our perspective, looking to God as we wait, and embracing our “thorns” so that God would get the glory and others would see Him working in our lives.
Thanks so much for checking out my project today!
Many blessings, Sav
I used the following supplies for this page:
Imagine inks: Espresso Truffle
Faber Castel: PITT artist pen, big brush, Cold Grey and Cadmium Yellow
Illustrated Faith: mustard, gray ink
Paper: Pink Paislee Memorandum 12×12, white cardstock
Ranger: mini stapler
Other: washi tape, white thread
Website: Love God Greatly