A couple of weeks ago I decided to surprise my husband by doing the yard work for him while he was away at work. I worked all day (12+ hours) in the yard, picking up sticks, mowing, blowing leaves, cleaning up the natural areas and weeding. You see he has been working extremely long hours at work, helping others with projects and hasn’t had enough time to focus on the yardwork at our home.
While mowing I ran into a thorn bush and scratched my arm up pretty good. I pulled all the thorns out and kept on mowing the yard. That evening when my husband came home I proudly showed him my battle scares and dropped a note that we had to cut down some of those thorn bushes. But I must be a little more honest with you; I was a little disappointed that my husband didn’t boast about how hard his wife worked all day in the yard. I mean could I get a shout out on FB or at least brag to all of his friends… something right, I mean do I have to point out the HUGE thorns that were stuck in my arm.
Then over this past weekend I was looking at my arm and noticed I had a thorn sticking out of my arm, I guess it was embedded and finally pushed itself out. I grabbed the tweezers and yanked it out. While doing so I thought to myself… I did all that work and look at the pain I had to go through with this one thorn. I was having my own little self-pity woe-is-me party in my head.
Later I was reading and came across this verse in 2 Corinthians 12:7- even though I have received such wonderful revelations from God. So to keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from becoming proud.
After pondering this verse and wondering why it was brought to my attention, I realized I was being proud and I needed to pray and ask for forgiveness. This thorn in the flesh is said to be a messenger of Satan which he sent for evil; but God designed it, and overruled it for good. Prayer is an aid for every sore and sickness; and when we are afflicted with thorns in the flesh, we should give ourselves to prayer. “Thorns” are sent to teach us to pray and to continue to pray. God listens to our prayers, however he does not always give what is asked for. God does not always take away our troubles and temptations but he gives us grace. Grace signifies the good-will of God towards us and that should be enough to enlighten us, to strengthen and comfort us in all afflictions and distresses. His strength is made perfect in our weakness. His grace is manifested and magnified. When we are weak in ourselves, then we are strong in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ; when we feel that we are weak in ourselves, and then we go to Christ, receive strength from him, and enjoy most the supplies of Divine strength and grace.
Grace and Mercy~ Tonia
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