I’ve wanted to post Sunday scriptures for awhile to talk about the ways God moves in my life, including His blessing in my fitness and clean eating endeavors! I really love this verse and the other that says God will do exceedingly and abundantly above all that we ask or think. I’ve seen this big promise from God fulfilled over and over in my life, and last night, He did it again.
Last night, I did something big. Something I’ve been wanting to do for awhile now. I finally did a handstand! In fact, I did several! My youngest sister, Alison is a gymnast and loves doing flips and jumps, and especially handstands. We got into a conversation about how I’ve been trying to do them for CrossFit, but simply can’t, and Alison jumped at the opportunity to teach me! Over and over, we’d go lunging towards the wall, but I couldn’t quite get my body up there; meanwhile, her and Brooke, my other sister, did them with no problem!
Even though I felt like giving up, Alison was having so much fun playing gymnast teacher and I didn’t want to disappoint her! She kept saying things like, “You can do it!” “Just believe in yourself!” And “Don’t give up!” (It was the most adorable thing, ever!)
Not to mention her high energy level!! Over and over again she’d say, “See, watch me,” and boom – another handstand. One after another! “OK, Alison, I know you can do it, but why can’t I?”
“You’ll get it! Just keep trying!” To be honest, I really wanted to give up and head upstairs for some wine, but Alison joked, “No wine until you get it!” She was determined!
A few minutes later my other sister, Brooke, decided to join in. She suggested she push my legs up, but I didn’t trust her. She’s so clumsy and silly, “what if you drop me?” Sure enough, two tries in, we were both cracking up because it just wasn’t working! BUT, it felt good to at least get upside down.
Finally, I tried again on my own, and Brooke must have noticed that one of my feet almost hit the wall; I felt it too, and it was sort like, “Oh, there is a wall there!” She said, just try to kick the one leg up — just focus on that. And then… guys, I don’t know how to explain what happened next but I did it! I got into a handstand! You can see the shock and excitement on my face in this photo Brooke snapped:
I leaped out of it and twirled Alison around with excitement! I DID IT! I DID IT! I was so excited! And with the confidence of knowing the wall WAS there, I went into another handstand, and another, and then another!
We called my stepmom downstairs to see it, and just then, my dad and Aaron walked in! You should have seen Aaron’s face – he was in shock! He knows how hard I’ve been trying to get this.
As you can imagine, I spent the rest of the night doing handstands with Alison. You can see a quick video of us here.
I share all this to say that this experience, among countless others, is an example of God’s over-the-top gifts in this life. I just wanted to do a handstand. Not be taught by little sisters to do one – and now, have that amazing connection + memory with them – and have them think, “Hey, my big sister is pretty cool! She can do a handstand.” That’s exceedingly and abundantly. And I believe that’s God’s way.
Lately, I’ve noticed it in other areas too, like at my job and my marriage. I could give dozens of examples. Recently I wrote about how crossfit has strengthened my relationship. Again, I always wanted to be active with Aaron, maybe go running together or do a race. But what God has given me is so much more, just like we’re promised in Ephesians 3:20-21:
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
I’d love to hear how God is moving in your life and making big (and small) things happen. Please share them in the comments!
In what ways has God surprised you lately?
Have you ever experienced the “abundantly more than you could ever ask for or imagine”?