When We Are Weak
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When We Are Weak
By Lois Parker Edstrom
Two small white jelly beans – Jelly Belly size. (Depending on age of the children and the setting, more jelly beans could be provided and given as a treat. CAUTION: Jelly Beans can be a choking hazard with small children.)
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Hummingbirds are very tiny birds and they hatch out of eggs about the size of these jelly beans. Baby hummingbirds are scrawny, weak, and completely helpless. When they are first hatched they are blind, can’t walk or fly, and must depend upon their mother for food and protection. They stay in the nest, being cared for by their mother, for about three weeks.
Sometimes we feel weak and helpless. We may have a problem that we don’t know how to solve. We may feel so frustrated that we don’t know what to do. At times we may feel sad because we have suffered some kind of loss. We may feel very weak because we are sick. During times like these it may even be difficult to pray and ask God for help.
The Bible tells us that “…the Spirit also helps our weaknesses…” (8:26). When we feel too weak, or sad, or sick to pray, the Bible tells us that God knows what is in our hearts and his Spirit prays for us. It is similar to a mother hummingbird providing food and protection for the babies until they are strong enough to fly.
If you ever feel weak, trust that God’s Spirit knows what is in your heart and will care for you and protect you. Nothing can separate us from the love of God.
Scripture quotations from the World English Bible
Copyright 2008, Richard Niell Donovan