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, to Him be glory… ~ Ephesians 3:20-21a NIV
I love spending New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day at home alone. Looking back at the past year. Looking ahead to the new year. It’s my “retreat” gift to myself.
This year, however, was different. I found myself reflecting on the past sixty-five years. Yes, I turned Medicare Age at the end of December. I’m still dealing with the shock and that’s not good for an “older” person’s heart!
Thankfully, what I have thought most about are all the ways God cared for me in those sixty-five years. He gave me life and two amazing parents. He grew me from childhood to love Him and yearn for His Word. He watched me turn into a prodigal and turn my back on Him. Yet He still protected me so many times I can’t begin to count them. And He placed people in my path who would shine His light into my life preparing me for my return to Him.
God comforted me when my life fell apart. He spoke to me through His Word, drew me back to Him. He’s carried me since then through illness, loss of parents, divorce, fear of storms, to name only a few things. He’s given me blessings beyond compare. And He has forgiven me times without number, reminding me that His mercies are new every morning and His faithfulness endures forever.
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There was never a time that He was not working in my life, doing immeasurably more than I could ever ask or imagine. When I wasn’t able (or even wanted to be able), He was! And not only that. He is able now. And He will be in the future. In all things. For me. And for you.
In the song, I Was There to Hear Your Borning Cry,” we are reminded that the God who was there to hear our borning cries will also be there when we shut our eyes for the final time. And when we awake in His presence, what He has waiting for us in heaven will be immeasurably more than we could ever ask or imagine.
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, to Him be glory … . ~ Ephesians 3:20-21a NIV