READ : Galatians 4:8-28
Even though my illness was a trial for you, you did not treat me with contempt or scorn. (v. 14 NIV)
One of the great truths of the Christian faith is that God uses us in spite of our weaknesses. That is Paul’s point in these verses as he expresses joy on recalling how he had been received by the Galatians despite illness. He knew that God’s grace was sufficient and that his power is made perfect in weakness (2 Cor. 12:9).
At the age of 13, Lizzie Johnson was seriously injured in an accident. As a result, she spent the rest of her life flat on her back. But she still wanted to serve God. So from her bed she knitted quilts and made bookmarks and sold them to raise money for missions.
The day after Lizzie had died, her sister Alice heard that a man named Matsumoto, a prominent Japanese Christian, was going to visit her town. Alice remembered that years before, Lizzie had given support for the education of a young man by that name. Could this be the same person, Alice wondered? It was! With deep gratitude, Matsumoto said, “All that I am I owe to Lizzie Johnson.” God can use anyone – no matter what our weakness.
Lord, thank you for people like Lizzie Johnson, who help us see that you can use each one of us despite our weaknesses. Amen.