Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine.”
I bet you’ve heard this verse before, but it grabs me. I just love the ordering:
1) all we ask
I usually ask for 1/1oth of what I imagine.
“You don’t have because you don’t ask.” James 4:2-3
I’m scared to ask because I think my ask is too far-fetched, or more like so far-fetched that God will laugh hilariously at me. In my face.
Um, those words glare at me, highlighting how little of God’s character I really understand. It’s like when my kids say they’re scared to ask me something because they think I’ll get mad and I ask them to think about what they know of me and if their fears line up with what they know about me.
I just struck myself out on that one.
2) Immeasurably more than you imagine.
We’re not talking a smidge more, a granule of sand larger than what we dare ask.
Nope! This is a straight-up, over-the-top, blow your mind away kind of thing. It’s a dare of sorts. Imagine it big. Bigger yet. Now quadruple it. Okay. Now you’re getting close.
Close to 1% of what God could do, that is!
God, I want to remember daily that you and you alone are capable of so much more than my mind could ever comprehend.
3) According to his power that is at work within us.
Oh, my. This immeasurably more isn’t measured by the stars in the heaven lies or in the sum of creation.
It is here.
Because of God.
I wrote all of the above in my journal after reading Ephesians 3:20 a few weeks ago. I’d love to end this post here, but honestly, that isn’t where my I ended my journaling that morning. Here’s the rest (written to God, hence the reluctance to write it here):
“Here’s my ask, the big scary put-it-out-there that seems large to me, yet puny to you.
I want to work in my strengths,
~in an environment where it is predominantly healthy, positive and encouraging,
~where mistakes are allowed
~improvements encouraged, and accomplishments acknowledged.
That might seem minor and simplistic to some, but for me, it is no small thing. So I’m putting it out there, not as a way to expect God to do it, but because it scares the tar out of me to state what I’m asking for. I’m hoping that by doing so, you’ll join me in praying for that, but more importantly, by joining me in thinking through specifically what immeasurably more might look like in your life.
What does more look like in your life?