I’ll have a venti caramel awesome with just a dusting of fabulous, thanks.

My pastor told the following story at church on Sunday.

A woman parked her car and was about to head into church when she was approached by three street youths who asked her for change. Rather than giving them money, the woman proposed she take them into a nearby Starbucks and get them whatever they wanted.

The first teen ordered a tall coffee, grabbed the cup and rushed out the door to wait on the sidewalk. Several minutes later, her friends came outside with the woman, and the first girl was shocked to see that each of her two friends was holding an extravagant beverage – something very large, rich and delicious. The girl said, “how did you get those??” To which the others responded, “she said we could have whatever we wanted – you just had to ask.”

As I’ve been going through this process of discerning what I’ll be doing next, I go back and forth between dreaming big, and then being discouraged and thinking I’ll have to settle for Just OK. I trust that God has a plan and a purpose for me. But on the other hand, I have a tendency to put God in a box.

So I have to ask myself – if I really believed I could have anything my heart desires, what would I ask for? Definitely something extravagant. I want God to surprise me – with a solid community, plenty of adventure, and a job I love that uses my gifts and challenges me. I want live with a sense of wonder at God’s power and love. I think that’s a good start for now. I’ll have to keep thinking about that one…

17I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, 20which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.

Ephesians 1:17-21

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