Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Power Made Perfect in Weakness

I've been reading Anthony Bloom's book Beginning to Pray. This morning I came across these words about weakness, and how God's power can be manifested, made perfect, in our weakness:

Bloom writes:

"Weakness is not the kind of weakness which we show by sinning and forgetting God, but the kind of weakness which means being completely supple, completely transparent, completely abandoned in the hands of God. We usually try to be strong and we prevent God from manifesting his power.

You remember how you were taught to write when you were small. Your mother put a pencil in your hand, took your hand in hers and began to move it. Since you did not know at all what she meant to do, you left your hand completely free in hers. This is what I mean by the power of God being manifest in weakness. You could think of that also in the terms of a sail. A sail can catch the wind and be used to manoeuvre a boat only because it is so frail. If instead of a sail you put a solid board, it would not work; it is the weakness of the sail that makes it sensitive to the wind."

May I be a child learning to write. May I be a pliable sail.


Erin said...

Nice way of looking at it. :)

Beth said...

Yes. I really like Bloom. He's a Russian orthodox archbishop, and this book is just beautiful. He's not only spiritually profound, but has a way of putting things into simple and lovely langauge (and English isn't his first