These reflections remind me of a story I recently read of a visiting pastor who attended a men’s breakfast in Midwest, rural America. The group leader asked an old farmer dressed in dirty overalls to say grace before the meal. He removed his dusty cap and began, “Lord, I hate buttermilk!”
Now this caused the visiting pastor to open one eye and glance at the farmer, wondering where this was going. The farmer loudly proclaimed, “Lord, I hate lard, and you know I don’t care much for raw flour.” At that point, the pastor once again opened an eye to peak around the room and saw he wasn’t the only one who was beginning to feel a bit uncomfortable. Then the farmer added, “But Lord, when you mix ’em all together and bake ’em, I do love warm, fresh biscuits. So, Lord, when things come up, we don’t like, when life gets hard, when we just don’t understand what you are sayin’ to us, help us to just relax and wait till you’re done mixin’. And probably it will be somethin’ even better than biscuits. Amen”
Maybe this is what the Apostle Paul had in mind when he said, “We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
As I look forward towards the next decade, I want to experience more of His power. I want to pray and believe for bigger things. I want to dream for the unimaginable.
How about you?
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. (Ephesians 3:20)