“Too often our prayers revolve around asking God to reduce the odds in our lives. We want everything in our favor. But maybe God wants to stack the odds against us so we can experience a miracle of divine proportions. Maybe faith is trusting God no matter how impossible the odds are. Maybe our impossible situations are opportunities to experience a new dimension of God’s glory.” ~ In A Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day by Mark Batterson
Come on, now. Does this excerpt not get you at the core?
A new dimension of God’s glory.
As if God isn’t big enough already, our troubles reveal a greater depth of His character, redemption, and power? A new dimension. That bends my brain, y’all. The thought of more of HIm – wow.
I will never know God the way he knows me. Often when my prayers seem unheard, and the situation gets worse, I will feel confused. No one is making me feel that way; I choose it all on my own. But the idea that my seemingly unheard prayer may be God beckoning me to lean into Him more, to depend on him more, to grow my trust and faith, to reveal more of Himself to me – that knocks my perception around a bit.
Trusting that He knows what’s most important and that I do not, helps my heart beat more steadily when facing fears or uncertainties and feeling as though God is unaware. God is never unaware of our needs. He sees every single need we have; we do not. So He operates from sheer perfection and authority on our behalf because He knows better.
He knows better.
That is not to say that we aren’t intelligent, aware beings – just that God is far superior and we need to be okay with that.
Do you feel like the odds are stacked against you today? If you haven’t read In A Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day, I highly recommend you grab a copy. And the next time you feel like God is silent or things are getting worse – ask Him to reveal His why, being open to whatever He shows you. In our current season, He has shown me that I tend to trust in the temporal more than the eternal, Him. I am grateful that He loves me enough to allow difficulties to uncover the real me.
I will never grow if I do not know.