aka The Frazzled Mom
The following was paraphrased from Our Daily Bread devotional:
2 Corinthians 12:9, 10 “Each time he said, ‘No. But I am with you; that is all you need. My power shows up best in weak people.’ Now I am glad to boast about how weak I am; I am glad to be a living demonstration of Christ’s power, instead of showing off my own power and abilities.”
It seems that two large cheetahs had been feeding on village goats. So the four men came up with a plan to stop them. They waited until the hottest part of the day and then gave chase to the cats, tracking them down when the animals couldn’t run any farther. The exhausted cheetahs were safely captured and turned over to the Kenyan wildlife service for relocation.
Can we see ourselves in the cheetah? Our strengths might seem impressive, but they are short-lived. As the prophet Isaiah reminds us, we are like wildflowers that soon wither under the heat of the sun (40:6-8).
Yet it is at the end of ourselves that our God offers us comfort. A surprise rises up to meet those who wait on the Lord. In His time and ways, He can renew our strength. By His Spirit He can enable us to rise up on “wings like eagles” or to “run and not be weary, [to] walk and not faint” (v.31). —Mart DeHaan
Corrie Ten Boom is well know along with her family’s courage in hiding Jews during the war. She endured horrific events including the Nazi concentration camp. The lives of her father, sister and nephew were lost. All the while, Corrie witnessed the amazing strength of her sister, Betsie, whose faith seemed unwavering. Through Bestie, fellow prisoners learned about Jesus. Betsie showed Christ’s love not only to them, but also to the Nazis, those running the camp. She pitied them that they were so blinded by their hatred. It was through her example, and through all that was lost, that Corrie learned the power of relying on God even through the fiercest of life’s storms.
The tea kettle
it is always up to its neck in hot water
yet it still sings