16 Feb Post Valentine’s Day Blues
“Ding-Dong,” I heard the doorbell and opened the door. Flower delivery for Jill. “Ding-Dong.” I opened the door the second time. Flower delivery for Casey. “Ding-Dong.” Seriously? Flower delivery for Shannon.
Circa 1990. Sophomore year at SMU. All three of my college roommates got flowers on Valentine’s Day. Three beautiful bouquets appeared at our door, and three roommates were giddy with excitement.
Me? Annie Daley? I got ZIP. Nothing. The big ZERO. Nada. And the feeling of being invisible started to settle into my new-found believing heart. No delivery for me. I sound pitiful.
I must have done an excellent job at pouting because the NEXT day a beautiful bouquet of flowers arrived on my doorstep.
“Ding Dong,” I opened the door. Happy Valentine’s Day, Annie! Love, Harry, Herman, Ralph, Rolf, Henry, Hubert, Derrill, Sheryl, Merrill, and … Daddy.
Sent all the way from Jacksonville, Florida to Dallas, Texas, my father sent me flowers.
My father knew I felt invisible.
My father knew I felt like no one cared.
And because of his tremendous love for me, my father sent me flowers.
Have you ever been there? Have you ever felt invisible? Maybe it wasn’t a failed flower delivery, but perhaps you have felt as though no one appreciated your efforts. Did you get a thank-you for cooking dinner last night? Did you feel the extra love when you did the ninth load of laundry? Did you get a “way-to-go” for juggling carpool AND working the extra hours to get the project done?
It’s not that you are seeking the approval of others, but sometimes we all need the boost of: “I see you!” “Way to Go, girl!” “I love you!” “You’ve got this!” — kind of encouragement.
Ephesians 3:20-21 is just the boost you need today!
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21 (NIV)
Read this passage—slowly—savoring God’s Word. Let these words be the healing balm to the “invisible” you might face today.
God is able. He is able to do IMMEASURABLE MORE. His power is at work within you. To Him be the glory. For ever and ever.
The definition of immeasurable is: incalculable, inestimable, immeasurable, untold, limitless, boundless, infinite, endless, inexhaustible, extensive, no end.
Which one is your favorite?
I believe we put a limit on God’s power. We tend to put Him “in a box.” We limit what God can do in our lives. Through our unbelief and “I’m invisible attitudes,” our fears and insecurities rise to the surface. We no longer can see the unlimited power of God. We only see our own limitations, insecurities, and pitiful “I didn’t get flowers” feelings.
These insecurities can block the flow of God’s power to strengthen us. But God’s Word opens the floodgates.
• Ephesians 1:18-20 says that you have been called to a greater hope—the riches of Jesus’ glorious inheritance! You have the same power in you that raised Christ from the dead.
• Philippians 2:13 says, “GOD is working IN YOU, giving you the power and desire to do what pleases Him.” (NLT)
• 2 Corinthians 4:7 reminds you that you have Jesus’ light shining in your heart. “ … but [you] are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that [your] greatpower is from God, not from [yourself].” (NLT)
• Romans 8:10-11 tells you that when you believe in the life, death, and resurrection of Christ, the power of the Spirit lives in you!
• Romans 8:15 tells you that the Spirit frees you from the bondage of fear and claims that you are a daughter of God!
You are a daughter of the King! You are an heir of the One who is able to do IMMEASURABLY MORE!
The question is: Do you BELIEVE this?
What fear, insecurity, or discouragement do you need to give to God? When you trust in God, there is no limit for His power to strengthen you. Just as my father knew me well enough to send me flowers on a gloomy day, your Heavenly Father knows you, loves you, and see you, too!
Funny. I did not get just one bouquet of flowers that Valentine’s Day—I got TWO! The second one was from: ANONYMOUS. It was only years later that I found out it was my roommate’s father! I definitely filled in Webster’s definition of pathetic!
God IS ABLE to give you BEYOND what you could ever expect or imagine.
The next time you feel invisible—do not put a measure on what GOD can do. Learn to expect the unexpected, beyond all that you ask or imagine. God’s power is presently at work within you. God’s power is limitless.
“Ding-Dong.” God has a special flower delivery. And today, it has your name on it.
Thank You that you see me when I feel invisible. You created me as a daughter of the King, and Your love for me is indescribable. I pray You would fill me to the full measure of Your love today. You are present with me, and I pray to draw on Your strength without being distracted by my fears and insecurities. I pray my focus would be only on You believing that You have the best plan for me. I love you, Lord. Thank you for this time together in fellowship.