I’m convinced that there is absolutely no way for us to comprehend God’s above and beyond (as referenced in Ephesians 3:20), so the best thing we can do is sit back and enjoy the ride. I learned this through the blessing of my law firm this year. The way it happened was exceedingly beyond anything that I had ever asked for or prayed for; there was truly no way that I could have asked for it to happen the way it did! (I’ll be sure to share the details about that one day because God truly answered that prayer in a marvelous way).
Last night, I spent some time reflecting on the way God blessed me and it made me think of the days I used to spend daydreaming about my future spouse. Prior to the opening of my law firm, I would often wonder when I would meet my “dream guy” and why I had not met him yet. I would think to myself “I’m such a great catch…why isn’t anyone catching me?” lol. But I have to admit, after I saw the way God answered my prayers for a law firm, I understood that waiting for his above and beyond is truly worth the wait! Now that I’ve experienced that, I don’t even care to worry about the details and timing of meeting my future spouse anymore. God knows exactly what He’s doing, and as a result I have learned the best things for me to do are to have complete faith and trust in him, and continue to increase my faith him. I now know that when I ask for God’s above and beyond according to Ephesians 3:20, it will happen. He will do it and it will be greater than anything I could ever imagine or ask!
In coming to this understanding, I believe that sometimes God makes one dream come true in order to encourage us to be patient with our other dreams. He knows that what He has in store is so big and so wonderful that we just need to be patient. It’s almost like being a small child with a big Christmas list. Like a child, we want all of those things at once but our parents know the things that we need now and the things that are best for us. We are God’s children and He too, knows what is best for us in every season of our lives. Sometimes he answers our prayers in one area of our lives to help us to understand that “if I did it then, I’ll do it again if you just wait on me to do it.”
Have you ever baked cookies or cake? When baking sweets, there’s a perfect baking time and temperature that will produce the best cookies and cake. The cookies won’t be too gooey and the cake won’t be too soft. Both will be just right once they’ve been inside the oven for the right amount of time at the right temperature.
Our dreams and prayers for marriage work the same way. At the right time God will open the door to a beautiful marriage that cannot be shut by anything or anyone. No past heartache, heartbreak, fear or past disappointment will be able to keep you from marrying the spouse that God wants to give to you. Your spouse will be much more than anything you’ve ever imagined.
Maybe you’re praying for a business or an invention. Maybe you’re praying and hoping for a spouse today. No matter which dream is in your heart today, I encourage you to hold onto it. God’s promises have stood the tests of time and they will continue to remain steady and true. Hold onto your prayers. Hold onto your faith. Hold onto your peace. Hold onto your hope. Most of all, hold onto our God and never let go. God’s Word says that he will fail you not (Hebrews 13:5). Every prayer, every goal and every dream that you have is worth waiting for and worth holding onto with expectant faith.
Wait for God’s above and beyond…it is worth the wait…
Declaration: If you’ve done it in the past you can do it again. If you did it for a friend, you can do it for me. I believe in your Ephesians 3:20 blessings and powers. I believe that the goals and dreams in my heart are worth waiting for. Today, I commit my heart to waiting on you. I place my prayers, dreams and hopes in your hand and I declare that each one will come to pass in my lifetime in an Ephesians 3:20 way. In the name of Jesus, Amen.
Scripture: “You are blessed because you believed that the Lord would do what he said” (Luke 1:45).