Strength – physical strength as in people or animals; superhuman strength – strength above human capacity; a common character attribute in role-playing games, physical power and energy (Wikipedia)
Strength – the state, quality or property of being strong; the power to resist attack; the power to resist strain or stress; the ability to maintain a moral or intellectual position firmly (thefreedictionary.com)
What do you think of when you hear the word strength? Do you think of physical strength, exercise, lifting weights at the gym? Do you think of enduring your long, difficult day? Or maybe you think of overcoming a terminal illness or the effects of losing someone to a terminal illness. How can all of these situations use the same word?
If God kept a photo album of His children exhibiting strength and giving Him glory through it, would that picture look different from what you envisioned a moment ago? Would you find yourself in God’s photo album?
Tracie Miles, author of Stressed Less Living, used this description to describe God’s strength and how we are to apply it to our lives. This depiction really gave me a clear picture of what “STRONG” looks like in our lives through God’s eyes.
Exhibiting strength through God’s eyes might be standing up for someone on the playground who is getting picked on. It might be reciting the Lord’s Prayer as your valedictorian speech as one student did this week in response the school banning prayer. It might be working 2 or 3 jobs to provide for your family and doing so happily and without resentment. It might be counting your blessings in the midst of the storm and remembering that God is with you through it.
I’d like to think I am in God’s photo album of strength. I’d like to think that through the loss of my son, I exhibit faith and strength each day. I am not perfect and I make mistakes, however, I try to continue to move forward. I am so thankful for the 17 months I had knowing the beautiful boy who is my son. I cannot imagine who I would be right now if I had not had those months with him. I am not the person I was before he was born and I am not the person I was before he died. I am trying to be a better person in God’s eyes. I am no longer concerned with the world and what they think I should be. I have decided to devote my life to serving God and for that I am blessed.
Strength appears and shows up in many forms. It is often the person who appears weak, forgotten or lost; this is the person who has the most strength in God’s eyes. Strength to stay the course, to not give up and to keep God in their life and in their reach. God is the only one to pull us through our difficult trials. It is His strength that we possess, not of our own accord.
Reflection Challenge – Do you see yourself in God’s photo album? Do you glorify Him is all areas of your life and do you reach out to Him when you are stressed, disappointed, having trouble in your life? Do you reflect Him in yourself?
My prayer for all of you is that you will find God’s strength today and will harness it and use is daily to make a more peaceful and fulfilling life that will glorify Him.