Besides Dirty/Clean another set of opposites I’ve been thinking about recently is Weak/Strong.
Sometimes when I’m in the kitchen fixing dinner, I can hear Joshua and Daniel in the bedroom—Joshua trying to teach him to say, “Joshua is strong” and then Daniel’s uncontrollable giggles, “No, Joshua is SMALL!”
David and Daniel both like to say, “I am strong!” and then try to make big-looking muscles with their biceps. They have definitely been growing this past year. We just had their one year home study assessment and compared their heights and weights with last December. David is 5 cm taller and 4 kg heavier, and Daniel has grown 8 cm and gained 6 kg.
On Sunday mornings, we take turns choosing from a selection of Chinese and English praise songs on the computer. Recently one of David and Daniel’s top picks to sing is Jesus, Lamb of God. There is a great picture on our Musical Meditations CD of a muscular man holding a tiny newborn that goes with the line “You are my strength when I am weak.”
Very aware of my weakness—both physically when the migraines hit and spiritually/emotionally as well— I feel very dependent on God’s strength.
In Rose From Brier, Amy Carmichael write, “Is it not a thought of exultation, that however crushed and crippled we may be, our Leader is marching to music all the time—marching to a victory sure as the eternal heavens? We follow a Conqueror. We prisoners of the Lord follow hard after Him as He goes forth to His coronation. It is only our bodies that are bound. Our souls are free.”
“His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse, nor his delight in the legs of man; the Lord delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.” (Psalm 147:10-11)
In Reaching for the Invisible God, Philip Yancey writes, “If…I perceive God as working from below, under the surface, calling out to us through each weakness and limitation, I open the possibility of redemption for the very thing I resent most about my life.”
And in The Wounded Healer, Henri Nouwen writes that “a deep understanding of our own pain makes it possible for us to convert our weakness into strength and to offer our own experiences as a source of healing to those who are often lost in the darkness of their own misunderstood sufferings.”
What an amazing God we have who can convert our weakness into strength and then use our understanding and acceptance of our weakness as a source of strength for others.