Last night I couldn’t sleep. Now, if you know me, you know this is very unusual for me. Sleep is my friend and I love my sleep. Sleep is usually not elusive for me. Last night was different. My back was hurting so much that I couldn’t get comfortable. I laid awake thinking, “What did I do to my back?” AHA! Then I remembered my planks in the gym on the bosu ball. I remembered feeling the pain in my lower back; but, I had set a time goal for my planks and by golly I was going to meet that goal. Now, because I didn’t listen to my body and acknowledge my limitations, I’m paying the price. I have physical limitations. You have physical limitations. God, however, is limitless. Because God is limitless, nothing is impossible with God (Matthew 19.26). Now I know you might think, “Then why do we have limitations?” If we could do everything on our own, then would we need God? You’ve probably figured out that I’m not talking about planks anymore. I can work on that, listen to my body, and build my strength and endurance. I’m talking about the things in life to which God calls us. If we are called to get up in front of a group of people to give our testimony—the Holy Spirit will give us the words. If we are called to teach Sunday School for little children—the Holy Spirit will give us the energy and will teach us how to relate. If we are called to put our sermons on Facebook live, then the Spirit will give us boldness to do so. I have learned so much about technology while in the job I have. I have learned out of necessity to spread the gospel, not for my own profit or prestige. The Holy Spirit gave me the desire and drive to get it done. The Spirit will do that for you too. That old saying “God doesn’t call the equipped, He equips the call” is Scriptural. Hebrews 13.20-21 reads, “Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with every good thing to do His will. And may He accomplish in us what is pleasing in His sight through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.” So, the next time the Spirit calls you to something and you think of your own limitations, then remember that God is limitless and, if you allow, He will show his power and presence through you. Now that’s something exciting to keep us up at night.

Rev. Deanna M. Young