I'll never reach His limit.

My excitement over the 211 Expecting books that you’ve donated has been tempered by the overwhelming needs I know I can never meet. Each e-mail or message saying, “My friend works at this amazing pregnancy center in such-and-such state, and I know they’d love some books,” thrills my soul. Then makes it ache when I think of how many women (and men) are hurting right this very minute.

I sent a box of 16 books to Michigan this afternoon. My friend who paid for the shipping and is delivering them to the pregnancy center talked to someone there today. She said they average 150 clients a month. One hundred fifty. Those books are going to last 3 days.

I read the Compassion posts. I think of all the hurting, scared, starving children. I think of their over-worked, under-paid, suffering parents. I write to Maria in Mexico and wish with everything in me that I could sponsor a million children.

It’s so overwhelming. And I get easily overwhelmed as it is.

My only comfort is this: my God has no limits. He is not limited by money, by time, by anything at all. Where I lack financial resources, enough time in the day to sign 50 books, enough energy to get everything done, he lacks nothing. Nothing is too big for Him. Nothing.

Even the act of writing this post is overwhelming me. I want my words to sound polished and poignant. I want them to have the perfect rhythm and lilt. I want them to hit you at just the right spot and make a resounding impact on you today.

But I’m exhausted. And don’t have the energy to rework my sentences until they pop. This will have to do.

The thought of tomorrow makes me want to crumple in a heap. I need to go to the post office and fill out customs forms so I can send books to Canada. I need to go to the grocery store and then make something yummy for Taviano Thanksgiving Saturday. I’m speaking at a Women’s Tea that afternoon and haven’t planned what I’m going to say. I have 19,000 more words to write on my NaNoWriMo novel before the end of the month.

I inadvertently (well, maybe advertently) donated Ava’s bathrobe to the thrift store some time ago and she realized it this week and begged for another one, so I got her a purple Limited Too robe at the thrift store for $1. Her little sister has asked me no less than 20 times in the past 2 days when she can have one. We’re going to go look tomorrow.

And all the other really super-duper important tasks on my to-do list have slipped my mind.

My point? Ah, yes, the elusive Point. My point is: there’s a limit to what I can do. But when I offer my meager offering to my limitless, omnipotent, stunning, amazing God, He can multiply it, do crazy things with it. On my own, I’m next to worthless. In God’s hand, I am safe and capable and hopeful and significant and confident that His will is going to be accomplished.

For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever. Amen (Romans 11:36)

13 thoughts on “I'll never reach His limit.

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    Many thanks for posting this, It’s just what I was looking on bing. I’d a great deal rather hear opinions from an person, rather than a corporate website, that’s why I like blogs so significantly. Thanks!

  2. Krista

    What an amazing “point” to always come back to. I think God is always saying to me, “Do you believe I’m strong enough to take care of that?” And of course, He’s always right. πŸ™‚

  3. krisha Fansler

    Marla, Just what I needed to hear today. I’ve been feeling the same way and needed the reminder that God is way BIGGER!!!! Feeling like I can take on the world!!! Well, maybe not quite that confident, but definitely much better!!!

  4. Jenny Kropf

    Wishing I was going to the women’ s tea Saturday…I’m sure I’ll hear all about it. It’s amazing how when we give it all over to Him that He can take it all over and make it so much better than we can even imagine…why don’t I let Him more?

  5. jess

    thank you thank you thank you for this reminder. πŸ™‚ especially the paragraph before the bible verse. God is good and far bigger than what we can grasp. πŸ™‚ He knows. Be still, and know that He knows.

  6. Meg @ Spicy Magnolia

    Good words for me to read this morning! I’ve been pretty down lately about all the things I want to accomplish but just can’t. What you wrote about us being limited but who God is and who we are through Him…good stuff. Good Truth to start out this day that makes me also want to “crumple in a heap”. πŸ™‚ Have a wonderful day in His hands!

  7. Gail

    Unpolished words were just fine this morning. They hit me at just the right spot.

    “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

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