Chapter Four – Transcendence

God is Able by Priscilla Shirer

Transcendence means the quality or state of being transcendent.

Transcendent means going beyond the limits of ordinary experience, :far better or greater than what is usual.  “…exceeding abundantly beyond…”

When I began reading chapter four it reminded me of the time I began to study the bible with a group of friends back in 2001.  My goal was to reaffirm my faith and trust in God and to be baptized again.  I had been baptized as a child but truly studying the bible for myself and understanding how to apply God’s word for my life as an adult was a game changer.  After my baptism, my life did change for the better.  I felt more at peace, I had more clarity, more structure and discipline.  For about five years I was on this amazing high.

I don’t know about you but I can always look back over my life and remember the exact thing or situation that changed the path I was on.  My amazing high started to take some hits.  I struggled with situations and people in my life that began to negatively impact me.  All those old familiar feelings began to set in; anger, frustration, doubt, a lack of self-worth.  And so…there I was searching for that amazing high again.  I figured if I found it once…I could find it again.  I don’t think I ever doubted that God could help me to find it again, I think I lost sight of God’s ability to do it.

Transcendence…exceeding abundantly beyond

Chapter four helped me to realize that I was not seeing the bigger picture.  I am praying but not opening my mind to God’s ability to move beyond what I ask or desire.  God has the ability to transcend beyond my beyond.  Just because I’m not seeing these out of the ordinary things happening in my daily life right now doesn’t mean that they won’t.  It doesn’t mean that God can’t.  He may simply be choosing to go beyond my expectation and at a time that is best for me to receive it.  I really enjoyed chapter four.  It opened my eyes to the true greatness of God and His ability to love us beyond what we could ever think up or imagine. Amazing…

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