“The de-Santafication process has begun! The deSantafication process has begun!”
Over and over my ringtone quoting this funny line from “The Santa Clause 2” rang as the alarm tried desperately to get me out of bed. For 15 minutes I left it play over and over until my sister, who was down the hall, couldn’t stand it anymore and came into my room to turn it off.
Then, 3 minutes later, alarm number two goes off (like you never needed to set two alarms in case the first one didn’t do the job!) The second alarm was my favorite motivational song, “Eye of the Tiger.” (Hey, if you need a second alarm, you better make it something that will stir your passion and resolve!) But this day, not even the infamous Rocky anthem was doing the job! I didn’t have the eye of the Tiger, nor was I thrilled with the fight this morning!
Why was I so difficult to rouse this morning? Was it because I had stayed up to late the night before watching football? Was it because the room was so cold and the covers where so warm? Was it sheer laziness? Actually, the answer is none of the above.
The truthful answer was I had wrestled with physical pain the entire night before bed, and waking up to the pain at the level I had was just too overwhelming. Now, you need to understand that every day I live in physical pain…every step I take on my bad right foot feels like someone is sticking a knife in my foot. However, some days are worse than others, and having come off of one of the bad days only to wake up to more instant pain, I didn’t have the fight to get up and face another day.
It was at this moment I reminded God that it would be a really great idea if He just reached down and remolded my leg and foot right where I lay, because I couldn’t face one more day like this!
At that point God reminded me of a verse in the Bible.
“My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
Then God reminded me of a phrase I had been holding onto for many years. It was something God had said to me 17 years ago when I was on my deathbed in a critical care unit (another story for another day). It was another day when I had cried out to God for help and He said, “I Got This, you’re going to be alright!”
This morning when I couldn’t stand the thought of another day of pain, God said, “Remember what I said before----what you hashtagged to someone the other day…#GodsaysIgotthis !?”
At this reminder, I found some strength, reached over and grabbed my phone, making it replay Eye of the Tiger (hey, it couldn’t hurt)…then I pushed back the covers, stood to my feet, and mumbled through the extreme pain I instantly felt, “God’s got this! His strength is made perfect in my weakness. I am REALLY weak today, thank you Father for giving me your strength!”
I got up, and moved on with the rest of the day.
So why do I share this with you today? Because we all have things in our lives that, from time to time, we don’t think we have the strength to get up and face for another day. For some, it could be a mountain of bills that, no matter you’re best effort, you can’t seem to break through them all.
Maybe you have a relative or loved one who is causing you to lose hope.
Maybe you feel like there is no light at the end of the tunnel in a situation in your life.
Maybe you’re struggling to keep your commitment to this fast and think you won’t make it to the end.
Maybe, like me, the thought of one more day in physical pain is more than you can take!
I don’t know where you’re coming from, but I know we all have moments of weakness where we see no way we can make it forward. I wanted this to be a reminder to you that, no matter where you’re feeling weak, God has strength for you! His strength is perfect in your weakness!
So when you’re struggling to find the strength to make it through, remember my hashtag, #GodsaysIgotthis. He will help you get through!