One night on a remote highway I hit a big deer, which thankfully did not injure me. It did, however, completely disable my car. I had neglected to put my gun in the car and I was alone on a dark road with sketchy cell phone service and as the freezing cold set in, I grew a afraid. A couple of hours later when help came, I was embarrassed about my fear and feeling of vulnerability.

God used my experience of vulnerability to teach me about His love through His vulnerability.

For love—Jesus, the Son of God, made himself humble and vulnerable to the sin and destruction of man. He was unashamed to cry in the garden in anguish, weep over Lazarus, and cry out in thirst on the cross.
He made himself vulnerable because of love. If we let Him, God can use our humanity to show people His heart. If they never see us in need, how will they ever see that God takes care of us? Being transparent about our fears, needs, and failures helps others see God’s magnificent power. Sure, it can open us up to ridicule and pain, but that is part of loving.

C.S. Lewis said: “To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.”

Our frailty, fears, and tears can be beautiful pictures of His grace and love when we do not hide them behind our pride.

Isaiah 26:3 says that God keeps us in perfect peace when we surrender our heart and mind to Him and trust Him. Peace manifests itself most powerfully when it is seen  in a storm and a picture is worth a thousand words. We need to live in Christ, unafraid to let others see  how He takes us through the storm!

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