Day 25: “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” (Eph 3:20)
I don’t remember exactly how this verse came to my attention a few years back but I do know that, while I had certainly heard it before, this time it really stuck in my mind. I began to see that God’s plan for me is much bigger than my own dreams can ever be.
At this point in my life, I was just beginning to dream again after keeping those dreams in check for such a long time. And I discovered that I could imagine quite a bit for my life! Then to realize that God wants to (and is able to) do “immeasurably more” with these dreams than I could ever do was so encouraging. Jesus said in Mark 10:27, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”
It was also refreshing to think that my dreams coming to fruition did not lie entirely with me but that these dreams were also held in God’s capable hands. Helping hands that could mold and shape my dreams into something greater than I had hoped for but also wise hands that could change the direction of my dreams if they chose to do so.
This all ties into a recent story of personal transformation from a church mission trip I took to Costa Rica in August. While there our team learned more about our church’s global partner, Roblealto, and also about a new childcare center they are building that our church is helping to fund. (Learn more about this amazing organization here.)
One afternoon we interviewed a sixteen year old boy, Alex, who is now part of the Roblealto Alumni program. Alex shared how he was so encouraged to think about Roblealto’s start from a small missionary chapel in the countryside outside San Jose to the wonderful Costa Rican organization it is today. This was partly because he could see this dream now growing beyond what was ever imagined. He also shared how this helped him see one person can truly make a difference wherever they are put by God.
His words helped me realize that a dream can become much bigger than one thinks it will and begin to take on a life of its own. My takeaway from all this was that it is okay to just start small with our dreams and simply take it one step as time because ultimately God is the one who causes their true growth and transformation. Talk about taking the pressure off!
This blog is the start of a dream that God would somehow using my writing to bless others. It is a small start but one I felt God calling me to step out in faith to do. And so to use this often quoted phrase: ” I don’t know what my future holds, but I know who holds my future.”
“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” (Eph 3:20)