Paul wrote the very words we need in 2 Corinthians 12:8–10, “Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 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. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
Whatever Paul’s weakness was isn’t the point. The point of Paul’s words is that no matter what weakness we have or come up against. Whether it is mental health or something else, God’s grace is sufficient.
My mental health diagnosis is where I am weak. It is the thing I have pleaded for God to take, and yet it remains. But the promise is sure that His grace is sufficient, and His holy and mighty power is made perfect right there in my weakness.
The weakness of my mind may well be the place where He gets the most glory in my life.
I cannot fix these things myself, and my diagnosis may always be a part of my story, but I can trust that His power and strength will show up—every time I need Him.
Paul goes on to say at the end of those verses that for Christ’s sake, he “will delight in his weakness, in insults, in hardships, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” I will boast that I am weak, I am imperfect and in need of Christ, every minute of every day. I will boast in Christ because He alone is my strength. I will boast in Christ because any good you see in me is because of Him.
I may be weak, but my faith is far from weak because I struggle with anxiety and depression. No, because that is where my Heavenly Father is perfectly strong and glorified.
Michelle Rabon is a wife and homeschooling mom of three who feels called to help women thrive in their walk with Jesus every day. In 2012, she started Displaying Grace, a ministry that is focused on helping women engage with God’s Word. Michelle has also served in women’s ministry for the past five years seeking to equip women in the local church through Bible study. When she is not writing or teaching, she enjoys reading, being close to the ocean, and drinking a lot of coffee.
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