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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.

Chapter 20 quote

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.

12 Comments

  1. // You’ve been remodeling! // The font color used during commenting is an extremely light gray -- Hard to see. Other than that me likey!

    If you remember, last week I got ahead of myself and posted on this weeks chapter. The same quote jumped out at me. I cannot always ‘conceive’ why He chooses me for His work, but I have learned to trust in Him (well, some of the time anyway).

    On occasion I still doubt and worry and try to do it differently. He never fails to show me though that His way is best, and if I am working and living in His Will, He will provide all that is needed to ensure His Will is successful. His is the victory.
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    • Okay, I went in and changed the comment color. I had actually thought the same thing so since you mentioned it, I pulled the trigger. Thanks too!

      It’s crazy that He loves us so much, that He cares and provides for us, that He carries out His plans on our behalf. He cannot deny Himself. Because He’s God, being self-serving for Him is actually in our best interest! It’s amazing and I stand in awe. Thanks Dusty.

  2. The mountain of debt that we are removing teaspoon by teaspoon feels like an impossible journey sometimes. However, we (my wife and I) have come to know Him in a deeper way…His grace is sufficient.

    • Are you telling me we’re not the only ones with a mountain of debt? We keep saying, “mountain be removed and cast into the sea” and one of these days the faith is going to be there. I’m slightly joking, but I do know exactly what you’re talking about. Believing with you, brother! Thanks Jay.

  3. Everything I have has been impossible to the eyes of men ! In 2007 we started to feel the sting of the recession but in all that God came through. It takes time but in the end your better off cause your faith will be stronger. I faced a situation in 2007 I’ll never forget It was my second semester in photo school. I didn’t have a DSLR Camera and the one I wanted and the cost was 1,200 and where I come from that’s alot of cash. But Thank God for his word and his promises. The Lord showed me a scripture that has forever changed my life. Philippians 4:19 And my God will liberally supply ([i]fill to the full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

    • Yes! He responds to our faithfulness and obedience and besides that He’s just a great Dad who gives great gifts! We can’t lose as we trust in Him. Amen, Andrew. Thank you.

  4. Had many things that could fit into this category. One huge one right now I’m still waiting for redemption on. It’s easy to say He’s the God of the impossible, and it is definitely true. I’ve seen it far too many times to deny it. It’s letting the faith and trust in our hearts outweigh our feeble mind’s capability to understand. God will never ever truly let us down; but even in the appearance of it, I’m reminded of Job’s words, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb and naked I shall return there. The Lord and the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.” I am humbled any time I think of these words, and I live knowing that God is just to rebuild the righteous man who sees any trouble. No matter how impossible or inconceivable it seems.
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    • First off, I do not appreciate your quoting a scripture that prompts me to picture you naked. Not cool, dude. :) But second (and more importantly), you’re so right. God provoked the Devil to go after Job because He knew Job and loved him, not because He hated him or didn’t care. His plan was and is always for redemption and restoration and knowing Him more intimately. He’s so good! Thanks Philip.

  5. I loved that movie too, Inigo Montoya was my favorite character, but Andre the Giant was a close second.

    I’ve been faced with the inconceivable several times in my life, even living through one right now. My first instinct is to fix it myself, I try to use my will over the will of the One who controls the cosmos… I fail every time. It’s in my defeat and weakness that I am forced into utter reliance on Him… that is where we always find our strength.

    “May I see your hand”?

    “My hand”?

    “Yes, if you don’t mind.”

    “Why of course”

    • I really do believe that one day we’ll get to the place we’ll trust Him first instead of going our own way, but until then, He’s so good to steer us back. Praying for you now in whatever you’re facing, Floyd. May His peace and wisdom guide you along His perfect paths for His names’ sake. Blessings…

      PS Inigo is so great, but Andre stole the show. :)

  6. As I’m going through this enormous transition, it has occurred to me that if I had known all of the challenges ahead of time, I might never have embarked upon this journey. Yet, I know that I’m on the road God wants me on. At the same time, I’m grateful that God didn’t show me the bumps on the road before He led me through the gate. :-)
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    • He wants us to step into destiny and knows how hesitant we can be so He gives us the highlights and it’s a great encouragement! He doesn’t withhold the fact that there will be trouble or difficulties, but if He went into specifics, we would probably get terrified. He lets us know up front that He will be there through it all and we can trust Him. Praying for you, Sarah! God has great things in store. :)