To Him who is able…

exceedingly above

“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us…” -Ephesians 3:20

There is so much encouragement to pull from this verse, but it is especially comforting to me in times of disappointments. Sometimes, I have a plan, a dream, or a wish. A way that I think would be the best for myself and/or my family. Something I really want. And sometimes what we get seems to be the opposite. Have you ever experienced times like that?

In those times of disappointments, I am reminded of this. He is able to do “exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think.”

God’s best is beyond my wildest imaginations. And sometimes God steps in to protect us from ourselves, from our limited view of this life, and from settling for second best. 

If you’ve been around this blog for a bit, you know about our deep longing to live in the country, and that we can’t purchase a place for 3 yearsSo, renting it is. In our small tiny town, there is not a large selection of homes for rent, and even less that are in the country. We’ve only seen 1 come available in the entire 2 years we’ve lived here!

Well, last night my husband came home to tell me that there is a place in the country for rent. Similar rent (actually $25 less), 6 miles out of town, about 1/4 mile down a gravel road, so not right on the highway, and has a garage, etc. Only 2 bedrooms, but our boys happily share a bedroom now, so that would be fine. It seemed perfect. I called and set up an appointment to see it, and went to bed last night excitedly thinking about how great of a birthday present it would be for us to love this house and be able to rent it.

This morning I woke up and the woman called to let me know that she had second thoughts and no longer wants to rent to a family with children.

Bummer! I will be honest and say that I was (and am) terribly disappointed.

She ended up calling back and we are going to meet with her and look at the place, so the door is still open that it could possibly happen.

But, regardless of what happens with this or other situations in which things don’t go my way, I know that I can trust that God knows best. Always. And His ways are best. Even if it may not feel like it to us, with our limited perspective, I trust Him and His sovereignty.

Truly, so much pressure is removed when we come to accept and rest in the sovereignty of God!

My prayer for you today is that if things don’t seem to be going your way, that you would lean into Him. Trust in Him, and know that He is able to do far above our expectations or plans.

His way is always best.


  1. says

    Hi Crystal, I came over from Pioneer Woman. This verse has been very much on my mind the past week or two. Neat to come over here and see it again. By the way, my daughter and her husband are trying to buy a place in the country right now. Can sure understand your desire to live there. Hope all works out for you!

  2. Brooke Beggs Rix says

    wOW! Exactly what I needed to read this am! In the midst of my pity party from rude worldly people, not feeling well, the fam usually ally the hot water ( a biggie right?!) and grumpy kids …… I needed to be reminded that not once during these situations did I seek God! Ouch! My morning didn't start off well… But I am determined to do better! Thank you so much for the truth!!! (And I hope it goes well w the house!)

    • Crystal Brothers says

      So sorry you had a bad morning! Praying for you that your day will get better and be filled with His presence.

  3. says

    We are going through a similar time. We live in an apartment in the middle of a large city. We moved here almost a year ago. We long to rent a house but they are so much more out of our price range right now. So we looked hard for months for the right one. But for this season God said no.

  4. Kimberly says

    Oooooo….I just printed this Scripture and will put it in a place I can see it every day! Thank you soooooooooo much–and not just because it’s in my favorite color. :-)

    I’ve also started praying about this whole situation for you and your family. Blessings to all y’all!

    • Crystal Brothers says

      Kimberly, thank you for the birthday wishes! And thank you so much for your prayers for my family and this situation. You are too sweet!

  5. Liz says

    I love this post! What a hard lesson it is for us to learn sometimes. That we can’t always see the big picture. That foresight and knowing our future is a nonexistent feat, because if we could have it figured all out on demand, there would not be a need for faith in Him. This was a great post and reminder!!

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