What impression comes to our minds when we hear the word hyper? Uh-huh! Kids who can’t sit still and (gasp) disrupt mealtime – even in public. Fidgeting adults with tapping pencils, bouncing legs, pacing, and talking loudly (aka yelling). When we hear ‘hyper’ we think that’s bad. Hyper isn’t always bad. In fact I’ve been learning about hyper good and I like that connotation a lot better.
I recently started a new job and was introduced to something they call HyperCare. My first thought was, isn’t that a self-fulfilling prophecy? Like expecting the hyper-worst issues? That’s not it at all. HyperCare implies and intends to live up to a promise of exceedingly prompt and accurate problem resolution. Exceedingly – above expectations. I love that word Hyper-Care.
The past few weeks I’ve read Ephesians 3:20 so many times, if it were possible to read words off a page, all my Bibles would be blank at Ephesians 3:20 by now. Here it is in three different translations. The Message “God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.” The New International Version (NIV) puts it this way “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.” And from a more recent translation I’ve been reading in parallel with my other favorites is the New English Translation (NET) “Now to him who by the power that is working within us is able to do far beyond all that we ask or think.”
Yesterday, I lived through one of those moments where God rolled back a dark cloud and revealed a glimpse of His power at work and I was reminded that God is sovereign. In our Bible study lesson last night, this truth was further cemented into my heart that God not only has the power, he is power. God can do anything, exceedingly abundantly all I ask or think. But he is also sovereign, he designed the tapestry of my life, He sees the how it intersects with the lives of others. God knows what is best for me and for you; he gets to decide because his ways are perfect, higher than our ways and his thoughts are higher than our thoughts. Isaiah 55:9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” God is the Hyper-Care of heaven and he can take away our fears, our anxieties, and frustrations. God is the Hyper-Care who protects us, brings friends into our paths when we crave relationships, gives us encouragement through music, reading, nature – even snow – and God is there when we are trying to shine His light and bring a tiny bubble of joy to others.
Today, don’t give up! I love how the Message Translation put it in Micah 7:7 “But me, I’m not giving up. I’m sticking around to see what God will do. I’m waiting for God to make things right. I’m counting on God to listen to me.”