This summer, I’ve heard one phrase said way too many times to count: “Pine Cove exposes your weaknesses.” Inititally I was confused by this, as weakness is often portrayed as a negative term and characterizes someone as inadequate. Weak is defined as liable to yield, break, or collapse under pressure or strain; fragile; frail.
However, I personally think this is the worldly definition. If you look at the word “weak” referenced in the Bible, the definition is more like broken, dependent on God, healing, strong. Staff and campers all come here in order to learn and share the Gospel, but also end up learning so much about themselves. Weaknesses expose our true selves when we are tired and put ourselves first; strengths are revealed when we are putting ourselves last and are doing everything for God’s glory.
One of the most beautiful things about God’s love is His provision. He tells us numerous times that being weak makes us strong in Him. Our trials and tribulations bring us to our knees so that He can lift us back up. How incredible is it that we can rejoice daily that we are a broken race, but God and His grace are sufficient?
Here at Pine Cove, we know that weakness is a beautiful and necessary thing. This weakness allows us to connect with one another as a community under Christ. Broken and weak people all coming together to seek and to worship God is what the Timbers is all about.
We will never be ashamed of our weaknesses, because we have a God who is elevated through our trials.
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
So, I encourage you to think about the areas of your life in which you are weak and broken. Recognize and rejoice in those weaknesses! These weaknesses are a blessing, because they teach us to rest in Him, knowing that we are not strong enough to do life on our own.
Lord, break us down so we may be built up in You.
Until next time,
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