I live in a beautiful old house. A lot of work has been put into it over the last few years, and I am so thankful to call this place home. I can't say there's anything I would change. Well, there's just one thing. There's a threshold into one of the bedrooms upstairs that has a nail that sticks out of it about a half inch. I have stepped on it more times than I can count. I put a hole in a sock on that nail. I'm actually wearing that sock as I write. So you're probably thinking, "Why don't they hammer it in?" Good question. Chris did. Within a few days it came back up. It has been a thorn in our side.
Paul in the New Testament refers to having a thorn in his side. It wasn't a literal thorn. No one is sure what the thorn was, but many believe that it was a severe physical illness (such as migraine headaches). First Baptist's thorn came in the form of a fire. It would be easy to pack up and call it quits. The thing that keeps me going is what happens when Paul asks God to give him relief.
Paul writes, "Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 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, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong" (2 Corinthians 12:8-10).
Our church has been made weak by destruction, and our church will be made strong by the power of Christ.
This is written by Kathleen Blackey, follower of Jesus and co-pastor at First Baptist Church.