As I sit here looking out my windows at my street, I see mostly browning lawns. Down the street though, I see a couple of lawns that are still green. This makes me chuckle when I see people trying to extend the life of their summer grass. I live in a community where most people have the sod that goes dormant over the winter months. Some people fertilize and add whatever they need to the lawn to maintain the lawn’s life. Once it goes dormant it becomes dry and brittle and it gets stuck on everything.
As I think about this though, I think of how many times in my life I let things go dormant. We fight for that green grass to stay longer. We fight time in order to look younger. We fight for causes we believe in like gun rights, or the rights of babies in the womb.
What about our spiritual life? How often do we quickly give in to the enemy. We decide to just go dormant for a while and see if he leaves us alone. We give up our fight because we are too tired, or feel alone, or aren’t sure how to fight. We struggle and at times, wonder if God is even there.
2 Corinthians 12:9-11 New King James Version (NKJV)
9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
When we are weak, that is when God can use us. When we are strong is when we think we can do it all by ourselves. God doesn’t want us to do it by ourselves. He wants us to rely on Him. He is our fertilizer. He gives us whatever we need to sustain spiritual life. His word gives us hope, and peace, and life. Paul begged God to take the thorn in his side. Paul determined that he would rather boast about his weakness and distress so that the power of God would rest in him.
If you are feeling like going dormant today, be excited because God’s power is in you. His strength is what you need and you have it. Keep fighting and don’t ever let the enemy allow you to think it’s okay to go dormant. Persevere!
Romans 5:3-4 New King James Version (NKJV)
3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope.