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God Makes the Impossible Possible, But Is He Really THAT Good?

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How do you build faith and hope in a God that is “that good?”

In Luke 1:37, the angel Gabriel told the favored and blessed Mary that “with God nothing shall be impossible.” We believe in an abundant God, one who still performs miracles, cares for His children, and makes a way when there is no way. In spite of this understanding, opening ourselves up to the grandeur of God’s will while simultaneously submitting to it is easier said than done.

I often find myself thinking, “God is good, but He’s not THAT good.” I feel like my expectation of what God is willing to do for me in my life is much lower than I care to admit. As I’ve tried to follow the counsel of President Russell M. Nelson to “expect miracles,” I’ve found the process to be more emotionally agonizing than I anticipated. Hope swells, but so does the risk of pain and disappointment. It leads me to ask: how can I remain buoyant and open-hearted while also recognizing God’s will may be different than my own? How do I find the beauty of His daily miracles when some of the most ardent desires of my heart go unfulfilled?

I don’t have all of the answers, but I’ve learned a couple of things as I’ve pondered on these questions.

The Beautiful Bigger Picture

The more I understand the nature of God, the more I have to believe His ultimate design for my life is more grand and glorious than I can imagine. Trying to take a deep breath and open myself up to His beautiful, bigger picture gives me the strength to persevere. I also try to remember that eternity with Jesus Christ is my ultimate goal—do I let lesser desires overcome my covenantal relationship with Him? The answer has definitely been yes! When this happens, I seek to learn more about covenants and the promises God has made with me.

Grieve With God

Still, what we long for is important. God doesn’t dismiss us because we want good things that aren’t in His will or timing. Instead of trying to push away our feelings or minimize them, we can grieve with God. He wants to be with us as we cry, process, and try to make sense of things. Sometimes, it feels like our grief can consume us. As we trust in God, we will find that working through grief is not only healthy for us emotionally and spiritually, but we will make more room in ourselves to see miracles in our lives that we may have missed.

Labor Diligently in the Lord’s Vineyard

I believe that we are co-creators of our own magnificent lives! More often than not, as I humble myself as Mary did, Christ allows me to plant my own gardens as I journey down the covenant path. I scatter good seeds and they grow. He plants His promises within me and I wait patiently for them to bear fruit. But I have to keep moving and yes, toiling alongside Him in this effort. Seek to know what the Lord would have you do right now. Make the best choices you can with confidence and trust, even if you don’t feel directed.

All Things Are Possible

It isn’t always easy to hope. It isn’t always easy to wait on the Lord. It isn’t always easy to feel worthy of what the Lord has in store for us. However, I know the words given to Mary are true. With God, all things are possible. Part of our journey is to discover what that means for us.

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Aleah Ingram
Aleah Ingram
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.

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