I think a lot of us have trouble admitting our weaknesses. I know I do. I love helping others, but when it comes to asking for help, I find it very difficult. I guess I want to seem like I have everything together, and asking for help would mean admitting I don't.
But recently I found myself in a position where I had to let others help me. I went through a very difficult time and I had to rely on my friends and family like never before. It was so uncomfortable! I felt ashamed and weak, like I was a burden to my loved ones.
When I prayed for God to get me out of my situation, I felt Him lead me to a scripture in 2 Corinthians where the Apostle Paul asked God to remove a painful thorn in his side:
"But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me...For when I am weak, then I am strong." (2 Corinthians 12:9-10).
That scripture brought me tremendous encouragement. When I am weak and in need, God's power can shine through me. Because it is not me making something happen, it's God. So the next time I need help I hope that I can bring glory to God and encourage others.