Wait For God’s Above and Beyond

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). 

Photo Credit: Erika Glenn

Photo Credit: Erika Glenn

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).

Love,

~ETE

 =)

2 Comments
  • Roselyn
    March 6, 2014

    You are so right we can never comprehend God’s ways. This past Saturday I had an epic moment during a 2 hour drive to Orlando. My thought during the drive was on prayer, asking God for what we need and how God answer’s prayer. There is a petition I have presented before God and have been praying on . During the 2 hour drive I started asking myself why is God not answering my prayer or is it because it’s not what or the direction God wants for me? The thought that followed was, God is actually listening to my prayers however I have been clouded with how I want God to answer my prayer and as a result, I’m unable to see what God is doing. The lesson from that moment was when we pray we turn to tell or ask God how we want our prayers answered meaning we determine what or how the outcome should play out. We are to just ask God and wait on his mystery and awesomeness. Relating this to the bible many of the stories, prayer was the main key in communicating with God. Each time Moses, Joshua Daniel etc prayed to God, they expected an answer,without dictating or directing God on how the prayers should be answered. And when God answered their prayers he did it big, beyond what man can phantom. How will we experience God’s power and greatness if we already know the answer or route he will use ? That will not make him mysterious. All we are to do is pray with an expecting heart for above and beyond what we are asking without predicting how or dictating the manner in which God should operate. Continue exemplifying the characteristics of Proverbs 31 “virtuous woman”as God expects of us women and he will do his part by bringing the man described in Genesis 2:24 and when he comes, he will be able to comprehend Proverbs 18:22 as it’s before him because he is alert to know and see it’s a great catch:-). I stand in agreement with you, no need to worry he’s got this all we are to do is trust him in faith.The less we tell God how we want our prayers answered the more we can experience his above and beyond ways as the omnipotent God he is!!!

    • ErikaTheEncourager
      March 7, 2014

      Amen! Love this post. God knows exactly what he’s doing. The only he needs from us is trust and confidence. =)

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