Written by a Cafe 1040 Student
I was recently told a story that has stuck with me.
To summarize it, we are told in the Bible to pray to “give us this day our daily bread..” and so on, but when was the last time I prayed that and actually needed God to provide my daily bread? I personally have never had a day where my food wasn’t in front of me. Yes, God provided ultimately, but in a way I answered my own prayer.
When was the last time we were so spent and so down that we had nothing to cling to but His provision & His strength? I have been seeking joy in every circumstance this summer, which includes sickness.
Last week we traveled to the Berber Village. This is the middle of the mountains and we hiked 12.5 miles uphill to reach these villages. Hiking 12.5 miles in the heat when you feel horrible is really tough. There's no other way to put it. However, in those moments, the Father sustained me.
Only by Him did I have the strength to get up that mountain and back down again. This was a time I can truly pinpoint as a day where God sustained me and allowed me to keep going when it didn’t look possible. I never even knew I took for granted my health and my comfort. I know I’ll look back on this and remember that there is joy in His strength and comfort in the promise that He is our refuge.
This verse, a passage I have loved for so long, has come to life in a new way to me. Paul says this verse this during a time of a “thorn in his flesh.” God is good and Paul's words ring so true about our Father.
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power made perfect in your weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly in my weaknesses...”
2 Corinthians 12:9