“To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. 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, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” (2 Corinthians 12:7-9)
Before stepping onto the basketball court, I began to stretch my legs and arms in preparation for the game. As I began to stretch, there was a certain degree of pain or discomfort associated with the stretching. However, I understood that the discomfort was an indicator that my muscles were indeed being stretched.