We have all heard the popular phrases, “Lord, help me,” or “Jesus take the wheel,” indicating that we need some form of strength to get us through something. But when we really talk to God and ask for strength, how do we know that we have it?
The last time I asked God for strength, I wanted Him to let me know when I got it, like a confirmation email or something. Kinda like how I track a package with UPS and make sure I leave a signature once it’s delivered.
What I didn’t realize is that with strength, there’s no creepy AOL voice from the mid 90’s saying, “you’ve got strength.” It doesn’t come overnight like a direct deposit hitting your account when your previous balance was $5.42, and it damn sure doesn’t come wrapped up in a shiny blue Tiffany box.
Strength is discovered when you go through something. That’s how you know that you got the [strength] juice. When I lost my son at the final stages of pregnancy, I asked God for strength to get through the grief and depression. Guess what helps me make it through Mother’s Day, his birthday, and Father’s Day every year? Strength.
When you ask God for strength, you have to be prepared for the storm that shows you how strong you really are. Without the test, how do you determine how strong you are? There’s no measuring cup or Fitbit strength tracker for that, boo.
How many times have you been caught in a really bad situation and asked, “why me?” Remember the strength you prayed for and then ask yourself, “why not me?” Strength is a gift, and it’s God’s way of saying, “I got you.”
There is a reason for every trial and tribulation, and I encourage you to appreciate the hardships just as much as you enjoy the triumphs, for they show you how strong you really are.