We all have that “thing” we’ve prayed for. You know what I’m talking about. The thing, the situation, the relationship, whatever we are needing healed of. Our thing has tormented us, weighed us, stressed us, kept us awake, caused us pain. It has been prayed over for days, months, even years; we’ve invested a lot of ourselves in this thing. Will it ever end? Will it ever be healed?
What’s your thing? Journal about it, date it, and we’ll talk about it more at the end.
The apostle Paul had a thorn, also known as a “thing,” one that he asked God to remove three times.
Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh,
a messenger of Satan, to torment me.
Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me.
2 Corinthians 12:7-8
We don’t know what Paul’s thorn was for sure. Some speculate it was spiritual (anxiety, depression, maybe guilt), while others think it could have been a physical ailment. It could have been any number of things. So Paul asked God to remove his thorn three times. I’m gonna be honest here…I’ve asked God to remove or heal my thing more than three times! What am I (and Paul) missing here? We know God. We know His goodness, His mercy, His love. Then why do we have to keep asking for this to be healed/removed?
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
2 Corinthians 12:9
We missed His grace. We missed the opportunity to experience His power in our weak places. We missed what He is trying to teach us through our thing. He keeps our thing in play so we can learn something specific and grow something spiritual. We were so busy asking for removal instead of asking for growth and direction and His presence.
Oh, we get it now.
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 [in“things”]. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 [*words added]
Your thing you journaled about and dated above? Leave room on the page to write underneath as you journey along. Write what He teaches you during this time. And date it when He brings it full circle and removes your thing. Seeing it on paper, staring right back at you, makes it easier to see His presence, and makes for a grateful heart to be able to see how He’s moving.