“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! Amen.”
Ephesians 3:20-21 (NIV)
This verse always stops me in my tracks. I always find myself reflecting and being extremely grateful for our God. He is gracious beyond measure!
Coming from a broken home, having suffered for years from mental, physical, and sexual abuse, and having been told I would never amount to anything, God has shown himself victorious in my life.
It is by grace I have been saved through faith.
My moment of salvation came after years of abuse. It was the first time my cousin had ever come to my house to play. My step-sister and her were playing in the adjoining room, but for some reason, I found myself alone in a small closet, lonely and confused. It was then, God spoke to me. I will never forget it. While I don’t believe the words were audible, I remember hearing, “It’s all over. You’re safe now.” In that moment I began to weep. Something in me had been changed forever.
Within a weeks time, I shared with my loving mother what I had been enduring. I saw doctors, policemen, and social workers. My life would never be the same, but from then on, I knew I was never alone. God had done what I alone could never have done.
In the years to come, my prayers were granted in ways I could never have imagined. I went from being a struggling 2nd grader in speech and reading classes, to an excelling 3rd grader at the top of the class. My brother, who I prayed for constantly, went from barely passing PE to graduating high school. I found myself involved in a Drama Troupe to help others experiencing abuse. I became a leader in extracurricular activities. I graduated from high school with a 2 year degree and went on to graduate from a private university with honors. By 22 years of age, I was running a non-for-profit organization. Through prayer and petition, my husband was not only admitted to medical school, but finished his first year in the top 50 percent of his class.
Now, I am not saying this to brag, actually for quite the opposite. I say these things to say this: I am a nobody, but through faith, by grace, God has done immeasurably more with my life than I ever thought possible.
I challenge you to reflect on your life. What has God done that was far greater than you ever expected? What do you need to thank him for today?
I stand humbled before the cross because I know that he alone deserves the glory.