The worship song, Your Grace is Sufficient illustrates 2 Corinthians 12:9 so well.
Martin Nystrom wrote the music and the lyrics. I've included the words from the chorus in this post because they hold so much meaning to me. Perhaps you'll find the same for you.
Your grace is sufficient for me,
Your strength is made perfect when I am weak;
All that I cling to I lay at your feet,
Your grace is sufficient for me.
2 Corinthians 12:9 reminds me that I do not have to be perfect in order to be God's child. I am loved because I am covered by His all sufficient grace.
My weakness reminds me that I cannot lay any claim to fame because of what God does through me. He uses my weakness for His strength and glory.
Thorn in my flesh:
Paul talked about a thorn in his flesh. Do I have a thorn in my flesh?
Yes, I have a thorn. In fact, I have many thorns in my flesh.
Thorns that I have also asked God to remove. Thorns that I've prayed over. Thorns, that I've asked others to pray over.....yet they still remain.
Do they remain because I do not have enough faith to be healed?
Do they remain because I really do not want to have them removed?
Or do they remain because, like Paul, God is telling me, "My grace is sufficient for you."
In my weakened state, due to my thorns, God's strength is displayed. Paul admits that without the thorn in his flesh that he might be conceited. Perhaps it is the same for me. My thorns keep me in a humbled state, acknowlegding my need for my Lord.