A thorn in your flesh sounds like a painful thing. I don’t know if I have one or if I am getting old. But when I have days like today – when I have had a headache all day, I ponder about whether headaches are my ‘thorn in the flesh’. The apostle Paul talked about these fleshly thorns in 2 Corinthians 12. He had received some great revelations and yet he was being tormented by a ‘thorn in the flesh’. He had determined that this ‘thorn’ was put there to keep him from being conceited or in more general terms – it was to take the focus off of himself and put it totally on God. We have things or successes that happen in our life and we think it is all about us and God wants us to rely on Him for our strength. Paul continues explaining in 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 “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. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses….. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” I don’t ‘feel’ very strong today but I do know that throughout this day, I was able to rely on His power since I continued on working through out the day even though this headache has nagged on all day. Definitely a thorn, my headaches, but Glory to God that I made it through this day!
Now, I am heading to bed! Yeah!