“For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Cor 12:10 (ESV)
I am on a journey that startles me sometimes and amazes me always, a journey of trust in Jesus Christ. This summer, Christ has led me to The Voice of The Martyrs, where I will serve as an intern for the next several weeks. These approaching months of the internship at VOM will test my ability, intellectual stamina, and faith as Christ works within me to continually draw me nearer to Him. Although I worry that I am ill-equipped for the incoming tasks, Jesus constantly reminds me that He is all I need. In my weakness, He is strong.
Through the examples of our Christian brothers and sisters around the world who face persecution, I am growing to understand the beauty of emptiness. How can having nothing be good? How can losing a job, a house, family members, perhaps even hope, be a good thing, let alone a beautiful one? The Holy Spirit uses emptiness to reveal Christ by taking away distractions that distort our perceptions of His strength, goodness, and beauty. When we are broken and empty, we can be healed and filled all the more by Jesus Christ, who is abundant and perfect in our weakness.
This summer, emptiness for me means being far from my physical and spiritual comfort zones, far from family and friends, and far from a comfortable portrayal of obedience to Jesus. I may feel weak and unsure of my ability, but in my weakness and uncertainty, to Jesus Christ alone do I cling with confidence.
J.G. Spires is a college student studying English and Broadcast Media on the east coast. She grew up in a Christian family and came into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ while in middle school. Over the years, the Lord has developed in her a passion for His people and His Word. Her goal is to write for the edification of the Church and the evangelization of the lost. She loves being outside, writing fictional short stories and serving the Church.