[CF Devotionals] 2012-0403 - Thin Bones

As a middle-aged gal with a family that's osteoporosis-prone, I recently had my first DXA bone scan. The good news is that I do not have full-blown osteoporosis. I do, however, have the precursor, osteopenia. But I've been told that it's reversible, with more calcium supplements, medicine and weight-bearing exercise.

I find the latter to be counter-intuitive. To me, it seems like adding weight to already-weakened bones would crush them. But instead, it apparently makes them stronger.

Isn't our Christian life like that? We sometimes feel that the difficulties that we face – serious illness, loss of employment, death of a loved one or whatever – will crush us. But if we lean on God and open up our hearts and lives for Him to work in us – He will not only strengthen us but use us to help others in similar situations. He will walk with us through these situations, and will provide others to walk by our side.

2 Corinthians 12:10 (NASB)… Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ's sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.

Does it mean we have to be bubbling over with joy in our difficulties? Of course not; that is neither realistic nor honest, in many cases. Even our Lord Christ asked that if possible, the excruciatingly painful crucifixion ahead of Him would be removed from Him – but His ultimate concern was that God's will be done. So may it be with us.

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