Sunday, July 24, 2011

Hell Freezes Over

Yesterday there was a blizzard in Hell.

I think God delights in making the impossible a reality just to see the look on our faces. We have convinced ourselves that we don’t put God in a box, that nothing is too hard for him. Then when he actually pulls off a miracle we wonder why we never saw it coming. In stunned silence we pull our jelly-jaws off the floor and walk around in dazed confusion. We scratch our heads as if we really can’t believe we just saw what we saw. If God belly-laughs, this would probably be the time when he’s in stitches.

Yesterday I saw things I never thought I would ever see again. Today I am still sitting in stunned, dazed appreciation of a God who was crammed into a tiny box labeled Omnipotent only days ago. He blew the lid off that box and the pieces are scattered all around my life like beautiful, tiny confetti.

I have learned that God is a God of restoration, of healing, and forgiveness. While our hearts are mending from the hurt, he is frantically gluing the fragments of our shattered lives back together again piece by piece. He sits hunched over the mess of us, painstakingly reattaching each shard by hand. His new creation looks nothing like the original masterpiece. It’s better.

Take a good look at the wayward child, the cheating husband, the home with the foreclosed sign. Do you see all the potential? Underneath the rubble and uncertainty can you see fulfilled dreams and kept promises? I can. Guess what? God can too.

Through the Lord's mercies we are not consumed,
because his compassions fail not. They are new
every morning. Great is Your faithfulness.
Lamentations 3:23


  1. As much as I try not to, I know I put God in a box. Like you said, when He moves mightily, when He answers very specific prayer requests sometimes I'm stunned. It happened just recently. I KNOW He CAN, but it's still really something to see. A real faith-booster. =]

    Thanks for the reminder. =]

  2. I love the image of God "belly laughing" and turning broken pieces into confetti. Your word pictures are wonderful and make your message so strong. Great job!
    So happy for your answered prayers.

    God Bless

  3. Although this piece was written two weeks ago, it may as well have been written yesterday. God managed to blow the lid off another box and leave me us all in amazement. I don't think I will ever take adversity for granted again. That's when he does his best work.

  4. I need this this morning!! Thank you, Sherry.

  5. Your first line is a real attention-grabber! Now, I want to know details! Great job on this post. :)

  6. Beautiful - and poignant. A fabulous reminder. he DOES work best in adversity!

  7. I agree with everyone else... Around here, God is showing the meteorologists just who is in charge of the weather! In our lives, He is working miracles and we are rejoicing!

  8. Just realized I forgot my signature! Doh! Thanks for all the sweet comments, you made my day!

  9. Great post with an awesome, awesome conclusion!

  10. So true, God does do His best work through adversity! Thanks for this wonderful reminder!

  11. I love it when God shows us what He can do! It is a wonderful thing to behold!



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