I don’t remember the exact date, but I remember exactly where I was, tucked away in a closet in the basement of a church sometime in the summer of 2004. I was emotionally empty and physically exhausted. In 10 minutes I was to go out and give a concert for this small Indiana church. I remember telling God that I was going to finish my commitments and leave behind this idea of music ministry…in other words I was whining. God is big enough to hear our complaints, but He is also big enough to see beyond the moment and not give up on us, even when we are ready to give up on ourselves. I remember finishing the prayer by saying, “God, I don’t have anything to give, so it’s all on You.”
At the end of the concert, before I had even packed up my gear the leadership of the church approached me with their calendar, wanting to know when they could schedule us back. I remember thinking, “Ok God, I get it, that’s all you wanted for me to trust you with it all.”
That’s been eleven years ago and while there have still been ups and downs we are still out there giving concerts and leading worship. And through it all I have seen God’s words to the Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:9 also ring true for us, “”My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” (NLT)
When we operate in our strengths we are often quick to take the credit and make it ours, but when we feel inadequate we necessarily must press into Christ to be our strength. God IS truly glorified in our weakness!
(below: a recent Frye Family Band concert picture taken at the Advent Christian Church in Vallisca, Iowa)