The latest single from Anne Wilson can now be heard in rotation on 89.5 KTSY!
In her new single, “Strong,” Anne Wilson sings about something we all find out to be true at one point or another: life can be hard sometimes. And if the trials of life were not difficult enough, we often feel the added pressure of having to put on a face and pretend to be okay when we’re not.
By the time the chorus of the song comes around, Anne realizes something and so do you and I. We can’t do life on our own–not even the easy parts of life, and certainly not the hard ones. And we don’t have to be strong in our own strength. Rather, it’s leaning on Jesus and He’s the one who makes us strong through His strength working in us. It reminds me of Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians 12:8-10 about a struggle in his own life:
“Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
Here’s what I’m grateful for. God’s Word doesn’t say, “if you’re having a hard time in life and you’re overwhelmed, stuff it down and pretend to have it all together.” (By the way, I’m really good at stuffing things down and pretending I have it all together…until I’m not. You too?) In the Bible we see verses like these:
When I am afraid, I will trust in you. (Psalm 56:3 NLT)
I cry to you when my heart is overwhelmed. (Psalm 61:2 NLT)
O my people, trust in Him at all times. Pour out your heart to Him, for God is our refuge. (Psalm 62:8 NLT)
God’s Word invites us to run to Jesus with our burdens and emotions. Can I encourage you today? You don’t have to be strong on your own. When you are weak, then you are strong, because His strength is made perfect in your weakness.
Strong, trying to make ’em all think I’m strong
Yeah, the face I keep putting on says I ain’t tired
But these tear-stained eyes ain’t lying
’Cause hard, nobody told me life could be so hard
A weary soul with a worn out heart that’s barely beating
But every time I get that feeling
I hit my knees with my hands held high
Saying, “Dear Lord, Jesus, you know I can’t do this on my own
I can’t do this on my own”
Lord knows I’ve tried but I’m good at falling down
Thank God you’re good at picking me up off the ground
The world’s gonna try to break me
But I know the one who makes me