As my eight- year olds favourite movie tells me – “Life isn’t all cupcakes and rainbows y’know”
But I still sometimes find myself wondering why God leads me into difficult places. I’m not massively resilient, or patient, or strong; I hate change, I care too much about what people think and I have to fight a tendency to want to run away from confrontation and hide under my bed. I am weak.
I know that many of you are fighting a battle that is leaving you feeling weak and wounded. Perhaps you too question whether you’re the right person for the job. Maybe you’re asking God why he didn’t pick someone stronger? Someone more resilient? Someone who could forge this raging river victoriously and energetically and well?
Why did God pick the weakest man, in the weakest family in the weakest tribe in all of Israel to lead his army?
Well here’s the answer, right at the end of the story of the Song of Songs, and the title of this painting.
Who is this coming up from the wilderness leaning on her beloved?
God chooses the weak, because they are the ones who learn how to depend on him.
The strong fight in their own strength, but those who limp, lean.
In your fight, or your walk through the wilderness, lean into him, that’s how your weakness can become his strength, and his strength made complete.
And this will be the end of your story too. You will come up out of this wilderness, and you’ll still be leaning.