“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
~2 Corinthians 12:9-10
OMG! I can’t even! We hear these words from the ‘millennials’ all the time. For whatever reason, I seemed to hear this phrase in my head now. It usually comes to mind when I’m facing something I feel completely inadequate to deal with. Let’s face it! There are always issues of life that just seem impossible.
I recently returned from a business trip in San Diego. I was blessed to have my husband with me for this trip. This gave us some quality time to enjoy one another as well as really ponder on the possible and impossible. The events around and during our trip gave us a new perspective.
Just as we were about to go out of town, a situation arose. It seems I unknowingly offended someone (no idea of the offense) and suddenly I became the center of all that was wrong. Well, at least that was my perception. I was very hurt by the situation and more hurt by the fact that those offended chose to talk about me and not to me. Honestly, at the time, I thought maybe I need to change who I am. Maybe I need to be a little less me. Perhaps then I wouldn’t offend others. Regardless, I asked to be covered in prayer that I might move forward with love and compassion in my heart. I prayed that those offended may choose to work out their offense with the Lord we both know and love either by forgiving me or talking to me about it for resolution. I was able to leave town with my focus on where I was going and what I was doing. I thought at the time…there’s nothing I can do about how others feel about me.
While out of town, there were a few issues that arose that challenged us. For some reason, my husband and I kept reverting back to “OMG! I can’t even!” It was like a little comic relief in the midst of trouble. Our plane sat on the tarmac for 2 hours…OMG! I can’t even! My luggage did not arrive when I did…OMG! I can’t even! We were exhausted and could not think straight…OMG! I can’t even! Once we got past the initial insanity of the trip, we were able to enjoy the beauty of San Diego. We witnessed so much of the wonder of God’s creation. There was the sunset over the ocean at La Jolla Beach, the seals and the seal pups in La Jolla Cove, the most incredibly tall palm trees, and the ridges of Torrey Pines. We also had opportunity to experience so much rich history and culture. The people of San Diego were some of the kindest, most polite I had encountered in some time. You know you’re experiencing something special when the fast food workers are passionate about their jobs. It truly was like an alternate universe in many aspects. I no longer heard the ‘OMG! I can’t even!’ I found myself saying out loud, “Thank you, Lord, for blessing me so abundantly!”
Not only were we able to enjoy the wonder of God’s creation, I was given a great opportunity. As I shared lunch with my professional peers, questions arose about my faith. In my professional life, I remain professional. However, as questions arose, I able to share the Christ I know and the relationship I have with Him. I was so inspired by the fact that God would take me to another coast thousands of miles from home and use me in this way. My perspective was broadened significantly as I thought how God had expanded my sphere of influence. He entrusted me to be me and to share Him in a way that was loving and inoffensive. I’m still in awe at the impossible becoming possible. God can use me just as I am.
After returning from San Diego, I was on my way to face the situation here and those involved. I found myself once again thinking, “OMG! I can’t even!” As my husband and I looked at each other, something occurred to us. All this time, we were thinking and saying this ‘milennial phrase’ as just a funny way of coping, but that’s not what it was at all. We are children of God. When we say this, it is a call to our God. ‘OMG!’ translates to ‘Oh my God!’ How about we put it this way, “My Lord, My God!” Sound familiar? Check out John 20:24-28 as Thomas exclaims this in his amazement and bows in reverence to Jesus. We follow this with the statement, ‘I can’t even!’ How many times in the Bible does it talk about what is impossible with man is possible with God? Yes, it’s true. I can’t even, but God can! So as I ventured toward facing a difficult and hurtful situation, I did not have to be anxious or worried, or even angry. Even as I’m writing this blog, the situation is not really resolved, but I commit it to God and say, “OMG! I can’t even! But God can!” The same God that can use me in totally unexpected ways to reach people can go before me where offense and hurt exists to bring peace. This frees me to continue the work He has called me to do.
If you have a situation in your life that just seems impossible, remember to call on the God that can deal with the impossible. Maybe the situation is hurtful and you consistently worry about the outcome. Call on God…”My Lord, My God! I can’t, but you can!” Translate this to today’s vernacular, “OMG! I can’t even! But God can!”
When you say or think, “OMG! I can’t even!” think on these words…
“But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” ~Matthew 19:26
“For nothing will be impossible with God.” ~Luke 1:37
“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” ~Philippians 4:13
“Jesus looked at them and said, “With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.” ~Mark 10:27
“He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, move from here to there, and it will move and nothing will be impossible for you.” ~Matthew 17:20
“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” ~Romans 8:31
“Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for me?” ~Jeremiah 32:27