The moment was unexpected and unforgettable. It happened two days ago, as I prepared for this weekend’s women’s conference in Edson, Alberta.
I’d worked all day—preparing PowerPoint slides, reviewing my notes, and then rearranging two sessions. I also packed a suitcase of things needed for my book table, ensured the door prize was ready to go, and made a final phone call to the event coordinator.
My recent injuries and surgery made everything I did require more time and energy than usual. Even reaching my office chair took a lot of effort. I had to scoot on my bottom to the room, hoist myself backwards onto a little end table with sawed-off legs, and then hoist backwards onto my office chair. To ensure it didn’t slide away from me, it had to be parked on carpet rather than a plastic mat. But being parked on carpet required me to exert a lot of energy to get it to move onto the nearby plastic mat and finally into place at my desk.
My body throbbed. Knowing how it longs for rest mid-afternoon, and knowing that this weekend requires me to speak five times (three of those are evening sessions), I had a little chat with God.
“God, You know I promised to speak at this conference months ago. When I made this commitment, You were already aware that these injuries would occur beforehand. And so, I’m heading to Edson tomorrow, trusting You to equip me to do this task. I have no clue how I’m going to hold up physically, but I’m trusting You to make it happen.”
And then I saw the note.
Words scribbled in my handwriting. Words scribbled weeks ago, at a moment I don’t recall. They must have gripped me then. They certainly gripped me now. I read them, my jaw dropped, and my eyes blurred with tears.
“Go in the strength you have. I will be with you.”
God spoke these words to Gideon when He told him to fight the Midianites. Gideon doubted: “But Lord, how can I rescue Israel? My clan is the weakest in the whole tribe of Manasseh, and I am the least in my entire family!” But God reassured him that His presence was sufficient for victory. I knew the promise was meant for me, too.
And so, my husband and I spent nearly 12 hours in the car yesterday—a major feat considering the needs of someone now bound to a wheelchair. We arrived in snowy Edson last evening. The conference begins later today. I can hardly wait to see what God has in store. He’s with me and will accomplish His purposes in the lives of those women who will attend. The words, “In my weakness You are strong” are ever-present in my thoughts. And now they’re accompanied by, “Go in the strength you have. I will be with you.”
How are you doing today? Are you feeling weak, too? Maybe you’re feeling wiped out emotionally after another fall-out with your kids, your spouse, or a prickly relative. Maybe the stress of your job has stripped you of strength. Or the fear of an unknown future is buckling your knees.
Tell God how you feel. Acknowledge your weakness and ask Him for strength. Then remember these words: “Go in the strength you have, and I will be with you.” You’re not alone. He’s with you and He’ll give you what you need to face today’s challenges.
These simple but powerful words have given me HUGE encouragement, and I pray they’ll do the same for you.