A young child went with his father to select a toy for Christmas and his father told him, “You can choose any toy you want or I can surprise you and get you a toy I know you will like, the choice is yours.” The child, who was about 3 feet tall, only saw the toys on the lower shelf and was amazed with all the shapes and colors. So, he asked for a toy police car. The father honored his son’s choice and got him the toy car. However, the young boy could not see any of the toys on
the shelves higher up, so he did not know his father wanted to get him a remote control car.
He made his choice based on what was in his line of sight and limited himself.
We do this same thing with our heavenly Father all the time. Our Father wants to give us exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think (Ephesians 3:20). But we choose ordinary living simply because we cannot see what He sees for us. And He honors our free will and allows us to make decisions even though He has so much more planned for us. We have either limited ourselves by putting ourselves in a box or, in an attempt to control everything, we try to place God in a box.
Just as the little boy could not see the other toys, we too cannot see the bigger picture. Mankind has been on earth for many, many years; and during that time we have become accustomed to the normalities of life. We have always done things a certain way and therefore it is hard to think in a radical, limitless way. Let us look at the man in the bible who had an infirmity for 38 years and was lying by the pool. When Christ came to the man He asked him a simple question; if he would like to be made well. He was so engulfed in his regular way of thinking and he explained the protocol to God. He explained how an angel came and stirred the pool and how he would try to go but someone would beat him to it. He also explained how he had no one to help him into the pool. However, that was NOT the question that Christ asked. He asked if he would like to be made well. Like us, the man had been in that limited state many years and could not see any other solution. Christ demonstrates his sovereignty when He challenged the man’s limited thinking and told him “RISE, TAKE UP YOUR BED and WALK.” He was not confined to the normal way. This was extremely out of the box thinking. We try to put Christ in a box when in reality there is nothing that can contain Him. He is the creator of all things. He is outside of the norm. If you do not want a limited life, then stop thinking in a limited way! Many of the things our Lord did on earth were done differently than how people had expected things to be done. He only did things radically and differently than the expected norm. We must change our minds and begin thinking limitless if we desire to live Christ-like.
Saint Mary understood limitless living and displayed it at the wedding of Cana of Galilee. The mother of Christ simply told Him the dilemma at hand; they had run out of wine. Being the mother of God it may have been more appropriate for her to explain to him that in 5 minutes He was to mysteriously make 10 gallons of red wine appear. However, that may have sounded more like conditions and terms of how someone wanted the problem to be solved. When you live a limitless life, you do not only cast all your cares on Him, for He cares for you (1 Peter 5:7), but you avoid conditions. Saint Mary did not proceed to tell Him how it must be handled or dealt with. She simply told the servants, WHATEVER He says to do, Do It! She understood that His ways are higher than our ways and His thoughts are higher than our thoughts (Isaiah 55:8). She did not dare try to limit Christ. We would do well to follow in her example and surrender our boundaries to his vastness.
I challenge you to live limitless. Maybe you do not have because you do not ask, you ask and do not receive, because You ask amiss (James 4:3). We are called to be children of God, which means with Him nothing is impossible for us (Luke 1:37). I pray we would start this New Year
and step out of our boxes and surrender our limited plans to God. I pray that we would live as God intended for us to live…LIMITLESS..