I turn to the last page in my prayer journal for the assigned day, and continue praying. Friends, family, the world, my own heart—there are so many burdens to carry to the Lord. My heart feels heavy, my mind and soul are weak. As I pour out my heart and intercede for the needs of others, the Spirit whispers to my soul: Nothing is too difficult for me.
I know this phrase. It’s a song. One from the cassette tape my parents would play on repeat as we drove North on Route 29, in the blue minivan. We would sing along, my sister and I harmonizing at the top of our lungs.
Ah, Lord God, Thou hast made the heavens, and the earth by Thy great power. Ah Lord God, Thou hast made the heavens and the earth by Thine outstretched arm! Nothing is too difficult for Thee. Nothing is too difficult for Thee. Great and mighty God, great in counsel and mighty in deed. Nothing, nothing, absolutely nothing. Nothing is too difficult for Thee!
Twenty five years later, I know these words are more than a song. They are words from God—not just in a whisper while I pray—ancient words inspired by the Spirit. But I don’t remember where the verse is found. A quick google search reveals its location: Jeremiah.
In the midst of a raging battle, a prophet imprisoned for his commitment to God, prays these words. The very same ones the Spirit uttered to me in the stillness of a quiet morning in March, 2022.
Battles rage. Wars go on. Sin continues. God’s people feel weary and struggle to understand their circumstances in light of what they know about God. Our world, our lives, our hearts—they’re all just as restless as they were thousands of years ago.
But, our God remains the same.
As I close my journal and wrap up my prayer time, these words—that nothing is too hard for God—continue to course through my soul.
When I feel anxiety weighing me down, I remember: it’s not too hard for God to bring peace.
When the loneliness feels unbearable, I remember: it’s not too hard for God to comfort with his presence.
When hearts of those I love seem hardened, I remember: it’s not too hard for God to soften souls.
When I’m not sure how to help the hurting, I remember: it’s not too hard for God to sustain his people.
When it feels as though we cannot go one one more day in this broken world, we remember: it was not too hard for God to raise Jesus from the dead.
If God can conquer the grave, then he can conquer our fears, our restlessness, our troubles, our shame. If God can bring life to a dead man, he can give life to my soul. Day in and day out.
It is not too hard for God to transform his people. It will not be too hard for God to carry us all the way home.
Today, March 17, 2022: Nothing is too hard for God.