[God]… is able to accomplish far more than all we ask or imagine, by the power at work within us… -Ephesians 3.20 (NAB)
God knows us better than we know ourselves, which is probably why we get something better than we asked for or anticipated when we prayed or sought after something. I’ve noticed over the years that God has provided something that fit more in the area of what I needed over what I wanted. I see this verse as fitting that sentiment.
God does his work in ways that move beyond what we expect or what we could see in the start. Trying to anticipate what God wants to accomplish is like trying to think God’s thoughts before he does—it’s not going to happen. In the Emmaus Community there is a saying that is used to help retreat participants best enjoy their spiritual weekend: “Don’t anticipate, just participate.” God hasn’t asked us to anticipate his next move, but to participate in the work the Holy Spirit is doing in the world right now.
The most amazing thing about the unimaginable work of God is that the unimaginable work is found within us. We have been chosen to house within us a power we can’t comprehend. The power that raised Christ from the dead is the same power that God has chosen to pour out on the world through His Church. That power is meant for transformation, meaning, that you are to be made new, as Paul said,
So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! —2 Corinthians 5.17
But even though we are new it does not mean we are not still fragile. For this unimaginable power that is housed within us is meant to show our weakness so that God’s strength can be seen and relied upon. Paul again,
But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us. —2 Corinthians 4.7
Understand this, that God desires for you to have life, new life, even if you don’t understand it. He’s chosen to put resurrection–power inside a fragile, temporal body so that we would depend upon that which is eternal. Protect that power, that faith, that can lead you beside “still waters” in the midst of “the darkest valley” (portions of Psalm 23).
I’ll leave you with Paul’s words to Timothy,
Guard the good treasure entrusted to you, with the help of the Holy Spirit living in us. —2 Timothy 1.14