Conceiving of the Inconceivable
The Princess Bride is one of my favorite movies of all time. If you’ve ever seen it, you know there’s a character named Vizzini who has a whiny little voice and likes to proclaim, “Inconceivable!”
He keeps saying it until finally Vizzini’s cohort, Inigo Montoya, tells him, ” You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”
That’s how I feel with God in both His leading and His blessings. I keep thinking, “that’s impossible! There’s no way I could live in that blessing or walk in that place” while He’s saying “you don’t even know the meaning of the word blessing yet. I’m going to do so much more than you could ask or imagine.”
Of course, the path of blessings goes directly through a wilderness. He loves us enough to take us into the hard places for testing and refining. He wants our blessing to be a blessing and not a pitfall to forget Him.
Katie Davis went through hell and she related it in this chapter. A child who had been with her for years was suddenly reclaimed by the birth mother. Understandably she was shaken to her core in emotion, mental ability, and faith.
Our family has understood letting a child go through foster care and it’s not for the faint of heart. It’s gut-wrenching stuff, and you honestly think the pain may not end. It truly seems inconceivable how God could redeem this.
I wish I could say everything makes sense now, but some things do and some don’t. It doesn’t change the reality of what God has called any of us to do, and as Katie shares, He gives us the grace to move forward and stay on track.
From Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis and Beth Clark
I am chosen. You are chosen.
The plan may not be our own and we may not be able to understand for a while or ever. It’s not the point. We can trust our Father is good and leading us. He has no surprises and even the bad, strange, or indifferent choices of others get woven into the plan. He produces good–always.
Joy comes after sorrow.
For His anger is but for a moment,
His favor is for a lifetime;
Weeping may last for the night,
But a shout of joy comes in the morning. –Psalm 30:5
Have you faced the inconceivable and still been able to trust? How has your faith grown in the wilderness times?
This is part of our book club discussion on Week 21 (and final week) of Kisses from Katie (disclosure) by Katie J. Davis and Beth Clark. We are taking a sentence, paragraph, or passage that inspires, encourages, or challenges and writing about it. If you have a response on your blog, add it in the link widget below and be sure to check out the other entries. Also head over to my friend and co-facilitator, Sarah Salter’s blog for another great take. Whether you’ve read the selection or not, please share your thoughts! We always appreciate a vibrant conversation.