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When the Unthinkable Meets the Unmatched

Posted in Encouragement, and Overcoming difficulties

If something goes too far, looks too difficult, or takes too long, say hello to the unthinkable.  This is a meet-up I’d rather miss.  And yet, eventually we each encounter an experience we are hoping to avoid.

Last week, I received phone calls about ill loved ones.  Each conversation brought a challenge to my core.  Unthinkable arrived. With its unwanted news, it tried to hold my hand with the goal of taking over my heart.

My tendency towards the “all or nothing” approach, gave me two options:  Unthinkable could take me for a downward spiral or I could take it to the throne of grace.  I’ve chosen the throne room option. You’re invited to bring your “unthinkable” too.

First, we can introduce unthinkable to the unmatched power of God through prayer.  As our emotions battle discouraging details, our faith can make a pivotal decision.  Unthinkable hurts. Unthinkable taunts.  But unthinkable doesn’t have the last word.  It is not the biggest “un” around.  God is unequaled and His power is unmatched.

“To whom will you compare me?   Who is my equal?” asks the Holy One. Look up into the heavens.  Who created all the stars? He brings them out like an army, one after another, calling each by its name. Because of his great power and incomparable strength, not a single one is missing.” –  Isaiah 40:25-26 NLT

Next, we can release unthinkable to the unmatched power of God by faith.  If the only thing to fear is fear itself, then the only way to courage is to trust the Champion.  Life’s disturbing details attempt to pry my fingers off of my faith; but God won’t let me go.  He holds me close and He leads me still.

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.” – Hebrews 12:1-2a NLT

Then, we will endure unthinkable through the unmatched power of God for a testimony.  A crisis doesn’t change the fact that we are created for the glory of God.  However, a crisis does present us with a choice:  Are we willing to believe the glory of God can be seen, even in our unthinkable?

This week I chose to believe. Just as I felt the weight of circumstances apply pressure to my heart, I experienced something much heavier — the grace of God.  It shines the certainty of His promises upon a desperate soul.  It strengthens the hands of the weak and the heart of the faint. If Unthinkable tries to tell us we are not able, the Christ follower can boldly say,

“Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.” – Ephesians 3:20 NLT 

Unthinkable better look over its shoulder, there’s a testimony behind it.

If the unanticipated or unwelcome arrives in our lives, here’s some good news:  The mind cannot conceive what our indescribable God can do.  We may not know the form His mercy will take, but we can trust it will take us exactly where He wants us to be.  And when I think of that, it gives hope for the heart and joy to the soul.

“I will be glad and rejoice in your unfailing love, for you have seen my troubles, and you care about the anguish of my soul.” – Psalm 31:7 NLT

11 Comments

  1. Rahama Harewood
    Rahama Harewood

    Omg!! Right on time and powerful! God is unmatchable in so many ways!!
    Be encouraged, God is using your gifts in a special way Joy!

    November 10, 2015
    • Joy
      Joy

      Thanks Rahama! We may not know where, when, and how the glory of God will show up, but we know it will. It’s just a privilege to watch!

      November 10, 2015
  2. Julaine Brown
    Julaine Brown

    Joy your writing is so stimulating. Your choice of words grips the helm of your heart and mind. The expression of truth in each word which is carefully woven together by your unique character and personality leaves me pondering and anticipating more.

    November 10, 2015
    • Joy
      Joy

      Thanks for your kind comments Julaine. I am glad you enjoyed reading this post. Praying God will continue to take our little and make much by His grace!

      November 10, 2015
      • Julaine Brown
        Julaine Brown

        You’re welcome. I’m looking forward to gleaning from the gift and grace God has given you.

        November 10, 2015
  3. Beautiful musings on how God meets us at every unthinkable turn. What a blessing for the grace, lifting you from the heaviness of hard news, bringing you back to the love and mercy of God’s promises! Visiting today from #raralinkup!

    November 10, 2015
    • Joy
      Joy

      Thanks for stopping by Kathy! I’m glad you enjoyed this post. I’ll check out your blog at the #RaRaLinkup too. I appreciate the fellowship and encouragement.

      November 10, 2015
  4. Kim
    Kim

    Yes a challenge indeed! But God! Our bishop brought an on time word and it lined up with our discussion. The message penetrated my heart as well.

    November 11, 2015
    • Joy
      Joy

      But wait, there’s more! I’m amazed by the fact that I wrote this post before the message or discussion. I love when we hear and recognize the confirmation of God’s word. Thanks Kim!

      November 11, 2015
  5. Nashawn
    Nashawn

    Thank you Joy for writing this on time post. While I am right in the midst of my “Unthinkable”, I have encountered the “Unmatched” power, love, and grace of God to sustain me. Thank you for being my friend and for pressing into our God on my behalf in prayer and through the inspiration of your blog that speaks life and encouragement to my heart! Thank you for letting God use you! ~ Nashawn

    November 14, 2015
    • Joy
      Joy

      You are welcome my friend! I thank God for His faithfulness in the midst of “unthinkable” too. May you continue to be encouraged by the unmatched power of our unequaled God.

      November 15, 2015

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