Written by Gwen N Mlondobozi
Life has a way of bringing us to our knees, a place of utter vulnerability and pain. So on my knees I crawl asking the Lord God, where are you? Fight my battles because I do not have any fight left in me and even if I did, it would never be enough.
It’s rather crazy that pain and suffering can come with a beautiful element to it although, it is not always evident at the time just like a volcano. After one has erupted big or small with or without casualties, the volcanic ash that settles on the earth makes the ground richer and healthier. The fact is, the same volcano that destroys cities and old habitat can create islands and beautiful landscapes, ashes turning into beauty.
A few years ago I remember praying ‘lighten not my load but, strengthen my back’ well here I am twisting, turning and trying to avoid the hard knocks of life. Yet they knock and sometimes hard bringing me to my knees a place I hope, I will always land. For I pray that it is on my knees I realise that I do have fight left in me, for in Him I live in, Him I move in Him I have my being (Acts 17:28).
We all have a story, we all have walked our fair share of thorny paths yet every day I see a smile on at least one face and that my friend is hope. We are all broken vessels, fragile clay jars in pieces yet God in his supreme glory uses us, broken and tattered. When you have been through some tough times, the wish is that, it is not all for nothing. I do not know your story, and I may never know it but God does he sees you and he knows you. Pain and suffering can do a lot to people but, it is my prayer that it does not wear you down into hatefulness and bitterness. I always admire Paul, from afar, never wanting his suffering to become my own for he suffered much yet he continued with his works as an apostle. I often forget what he had to endure and only think of the great works he wrote. However, Paul I think knew pain and suffering well, he was mocked, stoned and left for dead, lost a friend, imprisoned, shipwrecked and lost. Yet still had words of value to share with us.
So, how about we all take a knee be it a prayer of thanks or supplication. I think in that place of humility the Lord sees us and honours us.
Paul’s Prayer for Spiritual Strength for Ephesus (Ephesians 3:13-21)
So I ask you not to lose heart over what I am suffering for you, which is your glory.
For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
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