But Jacob replied, "I will not let you go unless you bless me." (Genesis 32:26)
You’ve got to admire Jacob’s tenacity. While most of us would probably have been saying, “Let me go, this is exhausting, painful, and incredibly uncomfortable,” Jacob was saying, “I will not let you go until you bless me." The truth is that most of us probably do not stay in the struggle long enough to get the blessing. We tap out. But Jacob was determined. He knew this wrestling would eventually bring a blessing, so he stayed in it. And although he left with a limp, he also left with a new name. From that moment on, Jacob’s life would be forever changed.
“Enable me to stay in the struggle until the blessing arrives. I will allow myself to be vulnerable. That very vulnerability is my limp, but it is also my blessing. O Transforming One, you have wounded me, yet you have not disappointed me. I am grateful for the blessing of all my new names. Thank you for your presence in the beautiful struggle of daily life.” (Abide by Macrina Wiederkehr)