In 2 Corinthians 12:9, Paul shares on how he pleads with God to remove “the thorn in his flesh” that which causes him to stumble and fall; to be imperfect and fail. But God replies, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
How many of us find ourselves in that same place and beg for God to take away the hurt, the misery that is the result of our actions; our weakness.
People make mistakes, make choices that bring about an outcome that can have devastating results. The decisions made can cause financial and relational issues that cause us to find ourselves lost, hopeless and broken. We feel isolated, alone and ignored by the busy world around us and wish that we didn’t have this problem, we didn’t possess these issues, we didn’t fall victim to the same circumstances over and over and over again.
The good news is, hope and grace are alive and well and for many, reside at The Salvation Army here in Nashville. Not only is our building located on “Grace Street” but grace dwells within these walls, our officers, our employees, our volunteers and our donors. As each person makes their way up the stairs that lead to our doors, grace is who they meet first, followed by hope, wrapped up with love. Yes there are forms to fill out and questions to be asked so that we can best serve the need, but the ultimate reason for us to be there is to let them know, they can overcome and they can achieve a fresh start. No matter what their personal “thorn” in their side happens to be, with God at the helm, we can provide the guidance and help people visualize who they are in Him not what their situation dictates. Their lives can become beautiful again, a intricate, wonderfully designed portrait of the person God created them to be.