"For to be sure, he was crucified in weakness, yet he lives by God's power. Likewise, we are weak in him yet by God's power we will live with him to serve you." 2 Corinthians 13:4
Lilias Trotter quoted Charles Fox in her journal: "Two glad Services are ours, Both the Master loves to bless: First we serve with all our powers, Then with all our helplessness." She commented: "They link on the wonderful words 'weak with Him.' For the world's salvation was not wrought out by the three years in which He went about doing good, but in the three hours of darkness in which He hung, stripped and nailed, in uttermost exhaustion of spirit, soul, and body--till His heart broke. So little wonder for us if the price of power is weakness."
"My" hawk (see Freedom from Sin post) visits our woods every August now. When he was resting on our deck railing his strength was not evident. Seeing him fly through our woods so effortlessly displayed the power of his wings. His power was given to Him by his creator. Our power is given to us when we are "weak with Him" as Lilias puts it. It is in our dependency on God that we are able to receive His power to do all that He has called us to do. The fact that Jesus's greatest power came through His time of greatest helplessness should remind us whose strength we are to walk in.
I am grateful that I only need to be strong in Him in order to have the strength and power to meet life's challenges.