Most of us have a thorn or maybe thorns in our life. Some are small; others are gigantic . Some thorns are easy for others to see, some people hide their thorns. Regardless most everyone has a thorn in their flesh.
The apostle Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 12:7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.
During a study that I am working through I was reading 2 Corinthians and was reminded of my thorn and how God has helped me work through this burden that I struggle with daily.
Almost nine years ago I was diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome. I went to many doctors who ran test after test and pumped me full of different medicines trying to help me be successful at having a child . I did all the at home remedies and followed all of the doctors orders. I wanted a child so bad and it completely took over my life. I became obsessed with trying to get pregnant. I was angry, hurt and devastated. I could not be around other ladies that were pregnant or had small children. I cried all the time and was very depressed.
After being stubborn and selfish for 2 years, thinking I was strong enough to handle this thorn on my own, I gave this thorn to God. Our God is powerful and if we are completely dependent on Him He will help us with our thorns.
I still struggle with not being able to have a child, but I have now realized that God has a plan for me. If I humble myself before Him and put all my trust in Him he will give me the strength to handle my thorn.
2 Corinthians 12:9 says:
And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
God’s power is made perfect in our weakness, and maybe God is asking us to take a different look at that thing that hurts us the most, so that His glory will be made perfect in us and through us.