These roses grow all over our garden, and they are exploding with color right now. Knockout Roses are probably my favorite flower. They make an almost impossible task super easy. I’ve tried rose gardening several times, and no matter how I nurture and coax, I cannot get those babies to thrive. They just sit there and exist, at best.
Enter the amazing Knockout Rose, and with little to no effort, you get this! Hundreds of blooms are ready to burst forth all around me.
Sometimes in life, as in gardening, I find myself struggling and striving with no results.
“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 about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9.
Even if I use all the strength, power, wisdom, or resources available to me, it’s not enough to live this life. Weariness overtakes me. Discouragement overwhelms me. I just don’t have what it takes to overcome the obstacles, challenges, and trials of this life on my own, day after day. In addition, what little strength I do have often leads to the wrong response towards circumstances, situations and people.
Only when I am relying on God’s power can I live a victorious life. Only in Christ can I exhibit grace in the midst of adversity and grace towards difficult people.
The Apostle Paul instructs here that the power of Christ in my weakness brings so much benefit to my life, that it is far preferable to being strong in and of myself. So much so, that I will gladly boast in my weaknesses. If my weakness is what it takes to receive Christ’s power, then it’s something to boast about. That goes against the usual wisdom of this world, but it’s so true.
When I see my lovely roses, they are reminders to me that I cannot take credit for them. My knowledge, efforts, and actions did not contribute at all to their beauty. They grow by a power that is far above me.
Like these blooms, want my life to shine forth regardless of my circumstances. That can only happen when I cease living in my own strength and begin living in the strength of the Lord.