Empowered

Mother and her infant

He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless.—ISAIAH 40:29 (NLT)

He wouldn’t stop crying. I had tried to comfort my infant son for hours. The issue he was having wasn’t an emergency; but it was the weekend, we were between doctors’ visits and there was no way I could explain to him that things were going to get better once the weekday came. Even though I was calm on the outside, on the inside I was upset because the situation was completely out of my control.

Those were some of my roughest times. In fact, the feeling of powerlessness made some days feel darker and hopeless. “How can I still be effective if it seems like I’m not making a difference?” One day, I came across a scripture that reminded me of what I had forgotten.

God gives us power! Even when it may not feel like it, God makes it his mission to give us the power we need in times where we feel our weakest. He gives us strength in situations where we feel as though it is beyond our control. He is our ever-present help when we feel we are our most vulnerable (Psalm 46:1).

With this promise, that feeling of being powerless or weak changes to being empowered and strong. God seeks to give us exactly what we need to be strong at the exact time we need it.

Today's Prayer:

Lord, I need you to give me power and strength in this very moment.

Adapted from Strength & Grace: Daily Devotions for Caregivers, a new publication from Guideposts