Exceeding Our Expectations

While teaching a Bible class, a woman lost her place in her notes as she was speaking. As she continued to speak, she tried to find it, but when she realized she was hopelessly lost in her own muddle of words, she apologized to the group and paused to search for the missing page. The pause grew agonizingly long and at last, she gave up the search and ad-libbed her way through the rest of the lesson. She couldn’t remember the applications she had planned to make, forgot part of her main illustration, and knew her conclusion was weak. As she left the lectern, she was on the verge of tears, feeling like an abysmal failure.

To her great surprise, a woman came to her to say that she thought this had been the best Bible class so far. Later, another woman called to thank her for a specific word that was just what she needed to hear.

The teacher called a friend and said, “I don’t understand what happened. I had prepared the best I could” Her friend laughed and said, “Do you remember what you said last week – that you were praying these women would be able to relate to you and you to them? Perhaps that’s precisely what happened. They aren’t perfect either!”

When necessary, God respond to our intent, not our specific requests.

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, ~ Ephesians 3:20