This morning, I hear the Local Artist pray that our friend could “have the strength to rest” today. The expression sticks; it takes strength to allow oneself to admit weakness, need, and dependence.
Authentic folks display weakness. They live in the beauty of weakness. They confess they lack power and ability, and that makes them the most honest and the most grace-filled of all. At that point of confession, the power of God surely enters.
Living with flair means we have the strength to be weak.
What is it so hard to admit weakness?
Last night, I show my daughters the footage from Discovery Channel’s Human Planet of the fisherman in Zimbabwe who brave a waterfall to catch their supper. As the greatest source of natural power, Victoria Falls cascades down for 360 feet. We watch, fascinated at the beauty and power of it. It’s a sublime encounter just to experience it in film: I feel fear and wonder simultaneously.
Later, I’m reading a book about the power source of God within us. The author compares knowing God to having power deep within that far surpasses even Victoria Falls. I’m struck by the fact that I had just seen the footage of this waterfall two minutes before.
I think about that power. It seems a little terrifying, a little dangerous. But it also seems beautiful and wonderful. It’s a visual reminder I can’t stop thinking about today. Is the power of God like that in me? And what do I need power for?
For everything. I need God’s power for everything, especially that very thing I think I cannot do.
I send a message to a struggling mother to tell her about this power within her. “It’s like Victoria Falls. Remember that.”
Living with flair means I tap into that power source today.
(photo, “Victoria Falls Zambezi,” Creative Commons, author Zest-pk)
Journal: Do I live like I have that power within me? What would I dare try if I was certain of this power?