Thursday, February 3, 2011


We can become paralyzed in our faith by our "I cannot imagine"s.

I cannot imagine God might have someone better for me for my future mate.
I cannot imagine that God could possibly redeem this. Not this.
I cannot imagine being able to find a job as great as the one I had.
I cannot imagine that the outcome of this is going to be worth pressing through.
I cannot imagine how that stack of bills is going to get paid.

I can't count the times I've hit a wall in my own imagination, been blocked by what I can't fathom. But the One who holds every last one of these scenarios--and more--does not have to contend with my limited imagination.

For He is the One "who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine(Ephesians 3:20-21).

But can you imagine if Almighty God was bound by our limited minds? "Oh, bummer. I SO wanted to bless her, but she can't imagine it, so My hands are tied." Ridiculous--yet don't we sometimes sort of assume that if we can't see how it's going to work, then it probably isn't going to happen for us?

Yet in Him, unfathomable does not equal impossible. In fact, that is His specialty.

Why is it that just because we (read: because I) see no way, we doubt the ways of the One who owns the cattle on a thousand hills (Psalm 50:10)? Why do we see no reason to imagine more from the One who has gathered the wind in His hands and wrapped up the waters in His cloak (Proverbs 30:4)--

We are expectant for so little. All in the name of "I cannot imagine."

My husband was an "I cannot imagine." So was getting able to be home with my children. So was the timing of God weaving my children into His story. I couldn't imagine...but He made a way. My life has EPHESIANS 3:20 written all over it. And I bet if you look closely enough, you'll see how He has scrawled "Ephesians 3:20" all over your life, too. And something tells me He has more ink in that pen and is gearing up to write a few more Ephesians 3:20s over the things that--even now--you and I just cannot imagine.

Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen.
Ephesians 3:20-21
What are your current "I cannot imagine"s?

1 comment:

  1. like you i have been blown away by God. the low expectations as to not be disappointed Father far exceeded. i have GREAT EXPECTATIONS of Him now!