“In the day when I cried thou answeredst me, and strengthenedst me with strength in my soul.” Psalm 138:3 (KJV)
“For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy.” Colossians 1:9-11 (NKJV)
My mom left me a comment on my last entry that referenced the verse above from the Psalms. She told me that she is praying for “strength of soul” for me. Later today, a friend of mine who is going through a difficult time of a much greater magnitude than I forwarded the verse from Colossians that somebody had quoted to her. As I read the verse, I realized again how much the prayers of other people really do mean to us! When other people are lifting us up to the Lord in prayer, He is faithful to answer those prayers.
My mom said that she was not just praying for physical strength for me, but for strength of soul. I believe that was the intent meant for my friend, as well, as her difficulty is not a physical one. I was reading over the two verses together and realized that the Lord allows us to go through times when our physical strength may be lacking so that we can develop stronger souls! And even more than that, He Himself becomes our strength when we stop trying to do it all on our own. When I am honest with myself, I realize that there is no way that I can do it on my own – I crumble when I try. But when I allow Him to come alongside and be my strength, the difficulties seem to shrink. The problems may not go away, but my perspective changes and the problems don’t seem so overwhelming.
Why, oh why do I keep having to relearn this lesson? Why do I keep insisting that I need to go on in my own strength?!?
Oh, and for those who are wondering, the test results for Lyme Disease were negative. I’m praising the Lord!