Day 6 – When I Can’t, He Can

Forty days doesn’t seem like such a long time when you stand at the beginning and look down the road. Not even a week in, and forty days suddenly has become an eternity.

But maybe that’s why the order of the days is like it is. He knew I’d need to pray for total dependency on Him today … that I need to acknowledge my weakness before I can experience His power.

And if I’ve learned anything recently, it’s that I can write and write words about topics, but sometimes God doesn’t want me to try to come up with another solution or formula – He just wants me on my knees, letting myself go in complete abandon to Him. There’s only being a child at His feet, feeling His embrace, letting Him work in my heart in a way that I simply cannot fabricate on my own.

Today I read these words from Jeremiah 18 –
“Then the word of the LORD came to me: ‘O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter does?’ declares the LORD. ‘Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel.'”

A clay pot, simply fragile. Where have I heard this before? Oh yes. It’s what Bobby spoke about last week. We’re just mere vessels for God to fill up and use as He wishes. And until I relinquish all control and allow Him His way, I’ll just be that clay pot gathering dust in the corner, not good for anything but my own selfish wants.

I won’t pretend I have it all together, because I don’t. And every minute of this day, I will have to cry out to my Savior once again, “Please, Lord, take me and mold me into who You want me to be.” And I will fail. And people watching might judge me. But it’s all a part of being sanctified. The weaknesses are there so that I can release them to Jesus and see Him make something so much more beautiful with His perfect power.

So today, all I can whisper are the words from Rush of Fool’s “The Only Thing That’s Beautiful In Me” … thank you, thank you.

Just like the ocean waves
You crash on me
Just like a tidal wave
You ruin me
Just like a hurricane
You devastate everything that needs to change

You are the only thing that’s beautiful in me
Beautiful in me
You are the only thing that’s beautiful in me
Beautiful in me

Just like a mountain peak
You lift me up
Just like a desert stream
You fill my cup
And like a heart that beats
You are the blood that covers me
You cover me


And all I can say is thank you, thank you
And all I can say is thank you, Lord thank you
And all I can say is thank you, thank you

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