“In Our Weakness” is blog we started as a way for our family and friends to share in our lives as we are leaving oceans apart. We wanted to be able to share our thoughts, experiences, struggles, and understandings with anyone who feels compelled to listen. Our hope is that this blog is never about “us,” but that the light of the Father would shine through the stories we post here. It is because of Him that we are here (the Horn of Africa). This is not some grand adventure we are on, or some great work opportunity that we have been given. We are simply living the lives that the Father has called us to and trying (I repeat, “trying”) to be obedient to Him day by day.
As we were brainstorming names for our blog, we thought of a handful over the period of about six months. None of them seemed to resonate in our hearts or correspond to what we wanted our blog to communicate to our readers.
When we began to seek avenues to move overseas, it was apparent that the Father was guiding our steps in times of greatest weakness. He reminded us over and over that our lives are not about us, what we want, or what our families want for us. We tried to figure out long term plans for where we would live, what we would do, and how our family would grow. We found ourselves dreaming and visioning, but never coming to a conclusion.
Over time, we realized that the Father was calling us to live day by day for Him, trusting and following in faith, and that we may never have a “10 year plan”, or even more than a “1 year plan” for that matter. Anything can change at any time. But we have an “eternal plan” that is promised to us. For now, it is exhausting and frustrating to not know what is around the next corner. Everything is out of our control and we have no choice but to live patiently, day by day, for the eternal hope He has given us.
Romans 8:26 says: “For this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. for who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. Likewise the Sp*rit helps us in our weakness.”
We are exhausted by culture. We are frustrated by language. We are humbled by the horrendous stories of hardship that we hear. We feel incapable of min*stering to the needs of so many who have experienced these hardships that we cannot fathom or relate to. We are financially dependent on the Father to provide the support we need to stay here and live. We often feel disconnected from our friends and family who are so dear to us. Our bodies are tired from typhoid, typhus, parasites, and other crazy ailments. We are weak.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 says: “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Chr*st may rest upon me. For the sake of Chr*st, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
We live by this verse. The Father’s grace is sufficient. We will boast in our weaknesses. We praise Him for His ability to work in and through us when we are the weakest. We know that He alone makes us strong, and we cling every day to that reality. We are ultimately dependent on the Father.
We pr*y that as you read our blog, you too will realize and be reminded of your weaknesses, your need for a Sav*our, and the strength He gives you to live and be fruitful in a world cursed with hunger, despair, sin, and depravity. Let us not seek pity for our weaknesses, but let us boast in our weaknesses, that the *Son may be glorified.
Sing to him, sing praises to him;
tell of all his wondrous works!
Glory in his holy name;
let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice!
Seek the Lord and his strength;
seek his presence continually!