A Meeting Place
Paying Attention


Dscf0840 But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.            --2 Corinthians 12:9


Paul had a thorn and God knew about it.  At first glance Paul's thorn was a limiting factor in his life.  However, in light of God's grace, this weakness became perfect strength.


I am beginning to realize that life is thorny.  There are big thorns (like Paul's) and little thorns (like mine).  Today I found myself being pricked by the thorns of busyness, urgency, demands and too little time.


At the school that I work at, both the high school principal and the middle school principal are away at conferences.  It is my responsibility, as the assistant principal, to take care of things in their absence.  Today was a nutty day.


There were lots of little "needs" in both buildings and at least one "big" need in each building.  "Needs" have a ring of urgency to them and they look a lot like demands and busyness.  The problem is that I had some "plans" that needed to get done and the time available just wasn't sufficient.


I had to make a presentation to the middle school students on a very specific topic and my "plan" was to prepare for the activity today and make the presentation at the end of the school day--I had the time.  But then the thorns started poking.


The "thorns" were people and people are important, so I took the time.  I am glad I did.  God helped me to solve some problems, to encourage a teacher, console a student and mediate a broken relationship.  I addressed each of the "needs" of the day except for the one that I "planned" to address and my time was up.  I found myself with just a very few minutes to finalize my presentation for the middle school students.


I prepared what I could with the time that I had and made the presentation-- I can't imagine how it could have gone any better.  I was amazed as I made my closing comments and I am still amazed as I sit here rambling on.


In my weakness, God's power was evident.  In my own strength and planning I didn't have enough time to get it all done. 


As I tackle life, following the Spirit, living in the timeline of God's grace, I find that even in the midst of the thorns, His grace is all I need.  It is "sufficient."


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