Do you ever underestimate God?
Expect Him to act in a certain way? Limit what you think He can or will do?
I remember a friend at University, who used to talk about ‘putting God in a box’.
Yup, I do that.
And then He bursts the boxes apart by doing far more than we could even ask, dream or imagine… usually on another dimension, with lots of extra thrown in!
I think I often underestimate my Heavenly Father.
Well, that’s an understatement!
Not just in what He can do.
But His kindness. His gentleness. His tenderness. His care.
He much He loves.
How deeply He knows me, in a way that no-one else does. How deeply I understands what I need.
How much He cares.
You see, He cares so very, very much more than we realise. He loves so much deeper than we could ever dream of.
Sometimes I think of Him in a certain way… and then He does something that blows my mind… and I realise… He is so, so much bigger and better and more wonderful than I could ever think of in my wildest dreams! He is real and He is there and He really answers and He really acts… wisely and wonderfully and powerfully, but also tenderly for His people, too.
In big ways, and in little ones. To be honest, it’s often the little ones that get me the most: things that only He could do; things only He could know about. Answering prayers I haven’t even realised I’ve prayed. Doing things I’ve forgotten to even ask for.
And He delights to do so!
He blows my mind, again and again and again.
And I find myself encountering the One Who is so much bigger; so much better than my wildest dreams.
But it’s not just in the big answers. It’s in encountering Him in and through it all.
He cares so much more than we realise when we are hurting. We forget; we go on our way; trying to keep strong; thinking He must want us just to push through. And, all the time, He is there, waiting for us to come to Him; because He wants to comfort us; because He wants to hold us close.
‘Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,’ 1 Cor 1:3
He will fix the problems one day- ultimately, in eternity. Those who follow Jesus down the narrow road (and we all need to) have every reason to hope. But He also wants to pour His love in now. He wants us to find Him in it all.
He knows this is a broken world. He never meant for it to be like that. We are the ones who broke it, and He is the One Who is going to put it right when Jesus comes back to judge the world and collect His people: His bride. But even now, in the middle of all the mess, the Father longs to hold us; to pour in His love; to comfort us through it all.
To minister to us in ways we’d never even dream of. To counsel us. To protect us. To give us peace.
To answer our prayers. But, more than that, to give us what we never even realised we longed for: God.
Yes, He loves to amaze us by what He does. But He loves to amaze us in the process, too: by showing up; by pouring in His love; by giving us Himself.
It may be a painful process to do things His way (like labour). But He’ll burst our boxes apart in the process if we let Him in… as we find Him… and discover that He is really all we are looking for, anyway.
I’m learning that it means letting go of our ideas about how we think He should answer… and our timetables, too.
It means letting Him do things His way.
But it’s not because He’s cruel, and it’s not because He’s going to let us down. No way.
He is Love. Pure love.
It’s because our boxes aren’t big enough to hold what He wants to do.
‘”Then you will know that I am the Lord,
For they shall not be ashamed who wait for Me.”’ Isaiah 49:23c
And, when He bursts our boxes apart, we find Him waiting there… real, wonderful and beyond our wildest dreams.
The One we have been looking for all along.
The One Who is waiting for us with open arms. 🙂
’20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.’ Eph 3:20-21
(He is the One Who cares so much that He gave His one and only Son to bring us into His family. Jesus died in our place, so that we can be forgiven… the slate washed clean… when we come to Him and receive His forgiveness, turn from our wrong ways and surrender to follow Him and do things His way. He is better than your wildest dreams, and He longs to receive you with open arms when you come to Him in faith. He is waiting to rescue you for all eternity: to give you an astounding, eternal hope. He is waiting for you now).
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