Sixteen years ago, my friend Angela and I delivered baby girls.
We’d even both had C-sections.
Angela and I were soccer moms whose sons played ball on the same team. I was struck when I learned that another mother from the team had given birth to a baby girl on the same day as I, at virtually the same time. Ironically, we had never met.
You might say we were destined to be besties.
In 2010, some 6 years after God brought us together, Angela mentioned that she had started a women’s Bible study and prayer group. She invited me to come, and I did.
Week after week, month after month, year after year, Angela hosted a group of ladies in her home. She would fill our bellies with her home cooked meals and our hearts with encouragement as we sat around her kitchen counter. When we’d had our fill there, she would lead us to her designated prayer room, where the Holy Spirit would teach us well into the night. I am persuaded to believe that the women who gathered there in that sacred space left Angela’s house each week with a better understanding of God then when they had first arrived.
Personal tragedy, sorrow, financial strain, loss, and loneliness. Those were just a few of the fires my friend was walking through as she hosted our weekly group. Daily she was tested, into the fire and out, from the vineyard to the vat. Her trials were relentless, similar to the story of Job when it came to pain and suffering.
When asked how she managed to live under such intense spiritual warfare and still remain “giddy for God,” Angela would often reply, “I can’t, but He can, so I’m gonna let Him.”
I learned so much under my friends mentorship, but that particular lesson stuck with me. In the midst of all the hard things, Angela would humbly acknowledge who was in control.
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 of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
2 Corinthians 12:9
Most of us tend to focus on being strong, but God values our weakness. He desires our heart more than our ability to fix things or go it alone. God had captivated Angela’s heart, and in return, she had His.
What hard thing might God be calling you to invite Him into today, friend? Just remember, you can’t, but God can, so why not let Him meet you in your weakness?