Finding strength when you have none

Sometimes being strong doesn’t require the ability to lift weights. Sometimes you might even simply be flat in bed.
In 2002 I had taken a sabbatical from teaching to write Prayer Changes Teens: How to Parent from Your Knees (WaterBrook, 2003) when we realized our son, Josh, then a high school sophomore, was going to need knee surgery. While not part of the original plan for my sabbatical, it made sense to just get ‘er done while I was home.
After his surgery the surgeon said to me, “Be careful while lifting his ice and movement machines or you could find yourself needing back surgery.”
I guess I don’t listen.
When Josh wanted to move to the living room to watch TV, I moved the two very heavy machines. When he wanted to go back to bed, I moved them again. This happened several times a day.
And then my back gave out. I tried to manage for a few weeks, but one day while getting ready for our younger daughter’s birthday party, I bent over to pick up a large dictionary and found myself in excruciating pain. I even had to call a friend’s daughter to help run the party–I couldn’t move.
After another day in bed and level 10 pain, we called 911. The neurologist in the ER said I had the worst blown disc he’d ever seen. Three weeks later after lying flat in bed unable to move, I had surgery.
It seemed like such a waste of time at first, but eventually I began to understand that God wanted me to allow HIM to be strong for me. I am the type of person who hates asking others for help–but that was one of the lessons I was to learn during five weeks in bed.
God also taught me that for that season of my life I was simply to pray. There was nothing else I could do anyway. I couldn’t tip my head to read. I couldn’t lie on the couch and watch TV. I simply had to lie there and pray. I had been praying for my town while I walked–prayerwalking. But for that time of my life, I learned to go deeper–to express my heart’s desires and to listen.
There are all kinds of strength . . . and God can give you the strength and courage for each season of your life.
Janet McHenry is an award-winning speaker and the author of 24 books, including the bestselling PrayerWalk and her newest, The Complete Guide to the Prayers of Jesus. She would LOVE to be considered as the speaker for your next event. 
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