I’m telling you, late night cry sessions with Jesus are now normal in the world of Kara.
Sadness is terrible. It’s like a terrible dragon I need to be rescued from by my knight in shining armor (Note: That would be Jesus). I hate sadness. Most everyone does.
Tonight Last night on Periscope, Chalene Johnson did a scope about ways to be happy when you’re feeling sad. And one of her tips was to change your focus. And as she was talking about that, Colossians 3:2 popped in my head- “Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.”
I want God to be my focus. Not me. Not the things in my life that are going terribly wrong. God. After all, God is good, all the time. And He’s able to do far more abundantly than my wildest dreams or most daring prayers.
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21
God exceeds our wildest dreams.
His plans are amazing and they can’t be messed up. Nothing surprises Him. He’s not up in heaven pacing back and forth, worried about life here on earth, wondering how things got to be “so bad.”
No! God’s got this. He has everything under control. We just have to trust Him. And trusting is hard. It is. Because when we trust someone, we acknowledge that we’re not in charge of the situation, and we trust their to handle it.
It’s like when we ride in a car with someone.
We’re placing our lives into their hands. We’re trusting them not to kill us. And sometimes that’s scary (like when I ride with my 15 year old brother who just got a permit. SCARY!) because we’re not the driver. The situation on the road is out of our hands. However, we choose to trust that everything will be okay.
God is driving our car. And He’s the best driver ever. There’s no need for us to worry about Him wrecking our car- if anything, it will turn out in better condition than it was before!
So let me say it again, God exceeds our wildest dreams.
In Acts 4, Peter and John are charged by the Jewish council “not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus,” which, of course, they cannot agree to do.
Later in that same chapter, there is a group of believers who gathered together and prayed for boldness for Peter and John. “And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness” (Acts 4:31).
Did you catch that? They prayed for Peter and John to be bold, and God answered their prayer by filling all of them with the Holy Spirit and letting all of them speak the word of God boldly.
God answered their prayer beyond what they could ask for or imagine.
And He exceeds expectations over and over again through out the Bible. As Hebrews 13:8 tells us, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” God continues to exceed expectations to this day.
So when we pray, may we pray expecting God to act.
May we believe that He will do beyond what we can even ask or think.
May we pray BIG prayers, because we serve a BIG God who can handle anything.