Last year a phrase from an old hymn jumped out at me. I had not really noticed it before. The hymn is “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty,” and the line said, “Ponder anew what the Almighty can do.” What does ponder mean? Think about it deeply and carefully. Dwell on it. Chew it over. Turn it over in your mind again and again. I got to thinking about how I view God. Do I put Him in a box and limit what I think He is capable of doing or will do for us? Do I fall before Him in awe and reverence? Do I have a respect for Him that is mixed with fear and wonder?
When we were able to purchase the property next door, God got my attention. That was a God thing! There was no way humanly possible that ICSV could outbid an investor, and yet God influenced the owner to show favor on us. God stepped in and showed just how powerful He is. Our God is awesome!
My desire this year is that we not forget about how God has proven Himself faithful to ICSV over the years and that we will stand in awe of just how almighty He is! Our year’s verse comes from a letter that the Apostle Paul wrote to the Ephesians. He reminded them that “God is able to do far more than we could ever ask for or IMAGINE.” This year, let us not limit God. Let us not box Him in because of our own limited understanding. Let’s grow in our understanding of this God whom we serve.
I can’t wait to see what God is going to do in and through us this year! Won’t you join me and just IMAGINE!
Because of His Faithfulness,
Sharon C. Brobst, Director