God is able to do more than we could ever ask or imagine. This verse, paraphrased from Ephesians 3:20, is evident at Wichita Falls Faith Mission every day. God can imagine what we can’t. His reach knows no boundaries. For instance:
I could never have imagined that a 20-year heroin addict would be providing case management for our guests.
I could never have imagined that a family of 5 and one on the way, on the brink losing it all would renew their vows and start a fresh life together in one of our family rooms.
I could never have imagined that a judge in Oklahoma would seek our help in restoring men and women in our programs rather than sending them to jail.
I could never have imagined that a partnership with a local hospital would result in a free clinic at our downtown shelter.
To us, it may seem unimaginable, but with God, all things are possible.
Julie’s sister decided to help her one more time. She agreed to bail her out of jail only if Julie agreed to go to Faith Refuge and get some help for her drinking. Julie agreed. After dealing with the denial that often comes with addiction, Julie started taking responsibility for her life. She opened her heart to Christ and let Him begin the healing process for her shame. She accepted His forgiveness and began to grow in her relationship with Him.
Julie’s sister came back to visit her at Faith Refuge. She walked right past her in the hall and had to do a double take. “I didn’t even know it was her.” She said. “The darkness was gone.”
How could someone not even recognize their own sister? I’ll tell you how. The unimaginable grace of God. He transformed Julie from the inside out.
I could go on and on. The stories that are told at our shelters, by real people, just like you and me, are nothing short of miracles. It is sometimes hard to imagine how some of them are even still alive. I have rededicated myself to listening to their stories. I am determined that our homeless, hurting neighbors will not remain invisible. I may not be able to imagine it the same way God can, but I can trust Him and be available to Him when He moves.
How about you? Will you be limited by what you can imagine? Our God is able to do so much more …