2 Corinthians 12:2-10
“Power made perfect in weakness” is not a
pleasant sort of life even if Paul is content to boast of his long list of calamities.
Indeed it would seem that the thorn in his flesh is the least of his worries. But
then the lesson to be learned is that the ability to endure all things does not
come from a position of strength as if all one had to do was double down on spiritual
steroids or stoically channel your inner Norwegian - if you happen to be Lutheran. No. It is grace that allows weakness
to be strength. That means one can be content and still lament of the “slings
and arrows of outrageous fortune.” (aka - channeling the inner Dane) It means that
even though you pray for what you want (three or more times if you like) there
comes a day when you accept what is and there is some measure of contentment in
acceptance. But that is not the end of the story. The grace that is sufficient points
us to the “things that are not to be told” so that the future balm for present woes
might be applied to the wounds made by thorns in the flesh. In that way “my
grace is sufficient for you” transcends whatever keeps us from being too elated
in the present with the promise of whatever waits for us in the paradise that only “God knows”.