You may remember the Bible story from Genesis about how Adam and Eve hid from God when they knew they had done wrong. They covered themselves in fig leaves to hide their nakedness. They didn’t want God to see them.
It was interesting to me after my stroke experience, to discover that I did not want to be “naked” in front of my family; in front of the people who knew me the best. Like Adam and Eve, I wanted to hide so they would not discover my fear and sense my weakness.
As I looked back at my initial reactions to my strokes, I realized we can’t hide from the people who know us well and love us, any more than we can hide from God.
My wife did not want me to hide from her. She was ready to help me, ready to stand beside me and offer me her strength. My friends were like that too. Care givers and hospital personnel were set to help me, but I had to be willing to be “naked.” I had to be willing to let them see my weaknesses and my vulnerability. I was not the person I had been; I needed their strength.
Jesus tells us that His strength is made perfect in our weakness and so I believe that He was trying to tell us to surrender. Surrender what you think are your strengths, your best attributes and lay them down at His feet. Surrender your weakness and He will make you strong.
Let your spouse and your close friends help you recover. They know you well and they want you to rely on their strength; they are the hands and feet of Jesus opening the way for you to recover.
And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”
2 Corinthians 12:9 NKJV