His power is made perfect on bad days.

You have heard of Jesus feeding the five-thousand with the five loaves and two fish. You have heard about Jesus walking on water. You may not remember, though, that both miracles happened in the same 24hr period. You also may not remember what had happened earlier on that same day.
 
That day Jesus had received the news that his relative and friend John the Baptist had been executed. He learned that Herod’s daughter by Herodias had asked for the head of John the Baptist head on a platter. Having made a rash promise to the girl before many witnesses, Herod was obliged to grant her request. It was a grizzly scene. John’s head was placed on a platter and presented to the girl who then presented it to her mother, Herodias.
 
For Herodias, John the Baptist’s brutal murder was the settling of a score. For Jesus, it was devastating. The pair had much in common. Their mothers were from the same family. John’s birth had been only a little less a miracle than Jesus’ birth. They both preached that the Kingdom of God had come. They both battled with the religious leaders of their day and they both had a common enemy, Satan.
 
John was the first to recognize that Jesus was the promised Messiah. Now he was gone. Jesus knew better than anyone the hope of eternal life and the resurrection from the dead. Still, He grieved the loss of his friend. As soon as He heard the news the text says that Jesus “withdrew from there in a boat to a desolate place by himself” (Matthew 14:13). He wanted to get away and be by himself to mourn the loss of His friend. When you are the hope of all the world, though, it makes it difficult to have time for yourself.
 
When the crowd, to whom He had been ministering, heard that Jesus had left in a boat, they made their way around the sea and met Him at the shore. Matthew reports, “When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick” (Matthew 14:14). Jesus, who had stolen away to mourn His friend, ended up ministering to the great crowd until well into the evening. Then He fed them with just five loaves of bread and two fish.
 
After the feeding miracle “Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone” (Matthew 14:22-23). Finally, He was able to commune with His Father and receive restoration for His own soul. He remained there on the mountain until about 3 a.m. That is when the disciples awoke to see Him walking on the water.
 
What we see in this story is the power of God being made perfect in the weakness of the minister. We see how His grace is sufficient to sustain His servants who are suffering in the midst of depressing circumstances. This is the type of thing to be expected by one who commits to following Jesus.
 
The Lord recently reminded me of this characteristic of following Him. Two weeks ago, I helped to bury a man that was like a father to me. This week I will attend or officiate four more funerals. Meanwhile, my family is recovering from the flu. I know my circumstances are not the worst, and some of you are suffering through way more difficult situations. That is why I am putting these thoughts down for you.
 
How will I do it? How will I minister to others at a time when I, myself, need comforting ministry? I am so weak and tired. The burden the Lord has called me to carry is more than I can bear alone. Yet, I am encouraged and you should be as well.
 

“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 of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 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 Corinthians 12:9-10