“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” Phil 4:13
My favorite bible verse.
I have this verse, etched into a stone, sitting on my kitchen counter, a daily reminder that I CAN do anything with Christ beside me.
A reminder I find myself needing quite often lately.
The first time I read this verse and found that it really struck a chord in me was the summer of 1982. I had gone with two very close friends to a Christian camp for a week. That week, there in the mountains of Washington State, was a week of discovery and a week in which my faith and my relationship with God were solidified. I had a wonderful, caring counselor and made new friends, ones who helped me find an even stronger relationship with God.
That week culminated in my baptism. I had been christened as a very young child, after my adoption and was told that baptism wasn’t necessary after that. Yet, I made a choice to be baptized, there at the camp, by my counselor. To me this was my way of letting go of all of the pain of the past, of forgiving and renewing my commitment to walk in faith with Christ. It was an amazing, uplifting, life-confirming event for me.
From that week, through to my current situation, that verse carried me through the dark times and the wonderful times.
And now, I find myself repeating this verse daily as I tell myself to just breathe.
I am not alone.
I have Christ beside me, though at times I think He carries me.
And God made sure that I had my husband beside me. I have no doubt that God brought my husband and I together to help each other through the craziness that life brings—the upside down, cyclonic tornado that comes ripping through our lives. I know that with my husband to hold on to, the winds of life will not carry me away, even when I am so weary that I feel I can no longer hold on. God made sure of that!
And right now, in the midst of this current cyclonic tornado, the only way I can describe how I am feeling in this moment, I find this verse a source of comfort.
“I CAN do all things through Christ who strengthens me”
Yet, I am tired….exhausted from trying to find the good and trying to be strong. I am tired of learning, again, just how strong I can be.
As I tell myself to just breathe, I find myself dreaming of a life that is ordinary, boring and mundane……….