I spent 6 ½ hours driving yesterday. I admit I’m a planner. Blame it on my dad. So. I had my Christmas music playlist and prayer list arranged for the ride home. Yes. I enjoy Christmas music before the holidays officially begin. Blame it on my mother. The thing is . . . my parents’ influence is cemented in . . . a part of my ongoing story. So. There it is. All the time.
Both of my parents have always told me to see the bigger picture. They are big proponents of Jesus’ words:
“Nothing is impossible with God!”
I was taught and believe it’s imperative to examine the details over and over until the solution is clear, rather than mulling things over with worry and desperation, believing the precept that nothing is impossible with God. Nothing. However, there are times worry wins me over. Yet. When I take the time to examine life through the presence and power of God–there’s a clarity that can only be explained as AMAZING!
The word AMAZING, denotes something astonishing and surprising, something beyond normal.
I prayed with my music turned up, taking in the AMAZING sights . . . the Pacific Ocean gray then green then gray again . . . a rainbow of many colors . . . fog wrapped around the mountains . . . Oregon rivers dividing the land . . . day turning to night. Despite the AMAZING view of God’s creative work, I could not see how God could creatively make the impossibilities be possible. I continued praying. Nothing. Empty. No answer.
Worry began to attack me. Yep. Worry. By the way, I’ve discovered there’s an endless supply of things to worry about. Just saying.
Early this morning, I woke up and checked my email before I began my morning prayer and devotion time. My friend, Pastor Jim Ramos, founder and director of Great Hunt for God, sent me an email I originally sent him on 5/6/08–at the time he and I were both on pastoral staff together at Church on the Hill in McMinnville, Oregon:
As I was praying for you today—I had a confirmation that God is going to be giving you something more than what you have on the prayer list . . . an incredible ministry—more than you can imagine–through the writing of your book. I pray that you will continue to have clarity and endurance. See you later today–Kerrie
Neither Jim or I had any idea that God would assign him to launch an AMAZING national ministry to men years later. None. I just knew what God had impressed within me. As I read the email, God whispered to my soul, “Pay attention to Me, not the circumstance, I have created the bigger picture.”
I know it’s true. God creates the bigger picture, making all things possible. God is AMAZING! Always.
The AMAZING thing is . . . when I look at the endless supply of the AMAZING work of God . . . worry diminishes and eventually vanishes.
I’m grateful for the AMAZING of life.
Thank you mom and dad, you prepared me to know I need to look beyond the problem to see the possible. Thank you Jim, God used your email with perfect timing. I am grateful there’s always a bigger picture.
Thank You God, for being present and powerful. All the time. You are the God of more. You are AMAZING!
The view of Ellie’s face is enough to say: You are Amazing God!
Leaving Brookings–grateful for the opportunity to visit.
The view of the Pacific Ocean is AMAZING on highway 101.
I’m taking more time to see the AMAZING bigger picture.
(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2014 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)