Does God Provide When We Need It?

For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2Corintians 12:10 b)

Doesn’t make much sense does it? Yet, God helped me to understand that verse a bit better last night.

I was watching a rerun of an old TV show when I heard the main character utter words originally written by Alfred Lord Tennyson in 1833.

As I listened to those words, I knew I needed to read them again.

So I did my “Google” thing and found the poem “Ulysses.”

Here is the quote:

“Tho` much is taken, much abides and though
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven that which we are, we are
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.”

For me, that is an apt description of living with chronic illness.

Much has been taken from us. No, we are not what we were in days gone by. Yet, in our weaknesses, we find our strength. We find our strength in God. Despite those weaknesses, we can to continue “to strive, to seek, to find and not to yield.” We may come close to yielding–but through His mercy and grace–we can hold on–even if it has to be one minute at a time.

God does provide what we need when we need it.

To be so deeply touched by something written in 1833, aired on a TV show I never saw that ran in 2004 and “happened” to be shown on TV on a night when I was watching? As I said. . . God provides.

Prayer: Father God, Thank you that while we may not be what we once were, You continue to carve strength out of weakness. Amen.

Has God used your illness to find comfort in His strength? How has God encouraged you to continue to strive and seek and find. . . and not yield?

About the author:
deni believes that the only true way to deal with chronic pain and chronic illness is to bring them to the feet of her Lord and Savior. Her multiple illnesses (Celiac Sprue, atrial fibrillation, ankylosing spondylitis, to name a few) have taught her many things about herself and her Christian walk. It is her fondest prayer that some of her lessons might be helpful to others as they walk the path of chronic illness. deni can be reached at Her webpage is

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