Sitting at various places today: inside, outside, plastic chairs, wodden chairs, benches, i spoke with my new pastor about theology and the faithfulness of God.
To illustrate: he spoke about how once, while staying the concrete jungle, he so longed to hold a puppy in his hand, to bring back memories of more “natured” days. Being in distress He prayed to God as he was walking along the roads. So he walked past a park, saw two young dogs playing and thought: “thank you Lord for answering my prayers, that is enough”. The next day, his pastor invited him to a dog show where he had to go. At the show there was this a “puppy room” and so my pastor went into it, to have his wish fulfilled. He said “you could not see me anymore for all the puppies over me”.
Soppy story? Maybe. But it illustrates God’s work in our lives, so well. How faithful was God in answering? Paul wrote to the Ephesian church the following: “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think”. We ask and God … does not seem to answer. We get frustrated and discouraged. In my case, i know God is able to do it … but i don’t trust.
However, when i look back , even just a few weeks and months (as i did today) i must agree with Paul. I see what my pastor meant: God has done far more than what i ever asked for. Granted, He has not answered all my prayers, but He has given me far more of things i did not even think to ask for; and often He has given “more abundantly” of the things i did ask for. Far more abundantly!
So i stand resolved to mediate on Eph 3 again … to make it a priority in my life, to refuse to be discouraged and overlook the obvious:
“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.” (Eph 3:20-21)