But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9, NIV
Paul struggled with a “thorn in his flesh” (2 Corinthians 12:7). This “thorn” is never fully revealed. Perhaps Paul wanted to keep his pain a secret. Maybe he thought it would be better if he didn’t explain his suffering more fully.
Scholars over the years have suspected that Paul’s thorn may have been failing eyesight due to what he says in Galatians 4:15.
“Where, then, is your blessing of me now? I can testify that, if you could have done so, you would have torn out your eyes and given them to me.”
Few things can be as discouraging as chronic health issues. You think you’re doing better after you see a different doctor, try a new medication, or alter your treatment plan.
As time passes, your symptoms appear all over again. These situations can be frustrating and scary. But God can give special grace to you. This grace is often the result of a deeper (and closer) walk to God due to suffering.
Lord, when I’m suffering, please remind me that You’re here with me and that You care about what I’m going through. Give me the grace to trust You during this time. In Jesus’ name, Amen.