My favorite book of all time is Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand. I’ll try not to give away too many spoilers, because it’s worth the read. The book is essentially a biographical story of Louis Zamperini, a soldier in World War II, who was captured and imprisoned for almost three years in a Japanese prison camp. During his time as a prisoner of war, he is subjected to rigorous labor, abuse, and even torture.
His story of perseverance and survival is a rather captivating one. However, after his return home, he began drinking heavily to escape the nightmares and trauma he endured. His wife, a Christian, invited him to a Billy Graham tent revival. Reluctantly, Louis agreed to attend, and was saved during Billy Graham’s sermon. He came to a point where he knew, even as a prisoner of war survivor and WWII veteran, he was truly weak and had nowhere else to turn. Through admitting his weakness, and accepting Christ, God’s power became the strength in his life.
After Louis was saved, he in turn became an evangelist and spoke about the power of forgiveness. He even went so far as to return to Japan, to the prison camp, and forgave every single one of his captors and abusers. When we are weak, God is truly strong in us. He does things with our lives that we would never think possible.
Remember, when we are at our worst, God’s grace is sufficient for us. Where are you aware of your weakness, perhaps discouraged, or even devastated by your need? Offer that weakness to God and ask Him to use your life in spite of it. Take it a step further and share this weakness with a trusted friend who can pray for and encourage you.