“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 in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever!” (Ephesians 3:20-21)
Earlier this year I was visiting a church where there was a speaker from the Uniting Church Rural Ministries speaking. She told some stories about the variety of things their workers are called to do in some of the more remote parts of Australia.
One story was about one of their workers who is working in an area that was devastated by floods earlier in the year. As the flood waters were rising and cutting off various parts of the town, she drove out to the local nursing home to see if they needed any help. When she reached the home, it was nearly surrounded by water and the staff and residents were still inside, trying to work out how to get the people evacuated.
This quick thinking worker, turned around and drove to the local council offices where she enlisted the help of a front-end loader and driver to follow her back to the nursing home. They proceeded to load up the nursing home residents, some who were very frail, into the scoop on the front-end loader and transfer them to safety on dryer ground where they could be taken somewhere else to be cared for. It created a novel picture of serving – that you don’t often see quite like that.
Jesus told stories of how God does so much more than anyone expects. Searching for the lost sheep, lost coin – they were stories that were not “normal” to his listeners. Who else would do that – waste time on one sheep, leaving the other 99 behind?
But we have an outrageous God – He doesn’t do just what people expect. He does so much more than we can even imagine, and often that we don’t understand. These verses from Ephesians speak of that power that is at work within us, we may not always understand some of the more outrageous things that happen, but we can trust in the One who has that power and is in control.
About the Author:
Fiona Burrows lives in Melbourne, Australia. She is thankful for the difference God makes in her life as she lives with chronic pain. She enjoys finding time for reading, writing, travel and photography. You can contact her in the Sunroom.