More Than We Imagine
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power 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 ESV)
Have you ever felt a spiritual tap on your shoulder? You know, like when you see a stranger struggling and, for a moment, you think about running over to help, but then you remember how busy you are so you just move on?
Sometimes I’ve obeyed and gone to assist strangers, but often I have not.
I recall one day vividly. There was an elderly man lying on the sidewalk, his wife was leaning over him as an ambulance attendant checked his vitals. My heart said, pull over and offer assistance, but my flesh looked at the no parking signs, narrow shoulders and stewed over my friend who was waiting for me at a local coffee house. Was I really supposed to stop?
I mean, Lord, it’s kind of inconvenient.
Three blocks past, I was still struggling when I felt the conviction lift and it was as if He was saying, ‘Don’t bother I found somebody willing.' I felt sick. Now even if I wanted to turn around, I just did not feel compelled to help the way I had been.
God doesn’t need us. He is after all, God. But He sometimes chooses to use us. He will nudge us and entice us to get involved . . . to be engaged in what He is trying to do. But we have a choice; we need to not just listen for the call, we need to obey that still small voice.
He is the power within us and it is for his glory that He wants to do more than we can even imagine with our lives. How amazing that He wants to weave us as active characters into His great story! We need to jump in!
Lord, forgive us for missing divine appointments. Thank you for second, third and fourth chances . . . and help us sweet Spirit to obey the call today.