As I look forward to our upcoming Holy Yoga Workshop, I am both immensely blessed and overwhelmed. For those of you who may not realize it, I’ve been actively practicing yoga for only a few short months. Through the Holy Yoga Instructor Training courses, my body has been bent and squished and molded and toned. I know I can do the yoga. I know that I relish the quiet moments spent engaged in peaceful solitude with my Jesus. But to stand before my closest friends, beloved family, and complete strangers and welcome them into my solitude; to bring them alongside me and shepherd them on a journey through Holy Yoga? I can assure you that I’ve never felt so “small” in my 24 years.
As I find myself tense and cringe at the very thought of my impending failures as a yoga instructor, I am gently and consistently reminded that God does not call the qualified; he qualifies the called.
Noah got drunk.
Abraham was really old.
Sarah was impatient.
Isaac played favorites.
Rebekah played favorites, too.
Jacob was a cheater.
Moses was a murderer and had a speech impediment.
Moses’ sister Miriam was a gossip.
Gideon was insecure.
Samson was a womanizer.
David had an affair and conspired in murder.
Elijah was moody.
Elisha was bald.
Jonah ran from God.
Jeremiah was a whiner.
John the Baptist ate bugs.
Peter was impulsive.
Martha was a worrier.
Zaccheus was too short.
Thomas doubted the Lord.
Paul persecuted the Lord’s people.
Francis of Assisi was rejected by his family.
Martin Luther had a hot temper.
John Calvin was sickly.
John Wesley was short.
Billy Sunday had a hot temper.
And the best one of all…Lazarus was dead.
2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”
Today, I am overwhelmingly grateful for grace that is sufficient to cover all weaknesses. I am grateful for a God who brings strength from my weakness, and Who’s plan is bigger and better than I could ever imagine.