As I mentioned in my last post, our worship ministry is going through an intense time of vision setting and core building that we are calling ReStart. As we head into the fall, when school starts back and people settle into a stricter routine than we enjoy in the summer months, it is always a good time to refocus and refine systems and programs. Our ministry has plans to try and improve several aspects of our music and our processes and we have been trying to begin by seeking God and getting everyone on the same unified, um, “piece of music,” if you’ll pardon the pun.
Those of you who know me will know that I LOVE this type of thing because I am a planner/administrator at heart. I’m wired to want to find the best way of doing things to make them more effective and more efficient. So I have been eagerly thinking about and planning how everything might look and work together. At the same time, I have been praying for God’s vision and help in bringing some of these new things about.
As so often happens, in my Bible reading for this week, God brought me to a verse that I’ve read many, many times before but this time grabbed my attention. It was Ephesians 3:20: “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us…” There are lots of good translations of this verse – I really like the NIV version as well: “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…” Even in the midst of my planning, God is able to do more than I even think to ask for or imagine. Wow.
In music engineering, a “limiter” is a tool used to get a sound or song to sound louder overall. The limiter sets an upper limit on how loud any individual sound peak can be, which then allows the softer parts to be turned up without clipping. As I consider this verse from the end of Ephesians, I have to wonder if I try to put a limiter on God with all of my plans. I can’t limit God in reality, but do I expect Him to only do what I can accomplish through my own plans and abilities? I need to start dreaming bigger ideas than what I can accomplish myself and start considering that God can do “abundantly more” than that – even more than I imagine!
So as I plan and work, let me always anticipate being surprised by how much more God is ready and able to do.