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  • Writer's pictureElise Pelot

Don't Put God in a Box

Updated: Dec 10, 2020

Lately, I’ve been struggling with feeling overwhelmed and restricted by life. In the season of COVID it seems tough to count on anything or be optimistic about the future. I have caught myself being discouraged about the lack of possibility for the next year. My last year of college is completely different than I thought it would be, I still am unsure about what will be next after graduation, and it seems impossible to build community in a time where you have to stay 6 feet away and keep your masks on.

There are a lot of things to worry about and a lot of things that I’m afraid won’t go to plan, but recently I’ve started saying to myself, “Elise, don’t put God in a box”. He is still capable of so much! Why do I find the need to worry about things, when God is bigger than all my problems COMBINED!!! We serve an incredible God and we need to remain faithful in believing He will deliver us from this broken world. 

Jeremiah 31:17 reminds us exactly who God is: “O Sovereign LORD! You made the heavens and earth by your strong hand and powerful arm. Nothing is too hard for you!” Nothing is too hard for our God; nothing is impossible with Him. Under this truth we can live knowing that even when it seems impossible to us, God can make big things happen. He can move mountains. 

Speaking from experience, I know how hard it is to trust that God can turn a bad situation into something so good and so beautiful. But, He can! He can use our worst pain, our heartbreak, our struggle to create something brilliant for His glory. There are no boundaries for God. I don’t know about you, but that is such a freeing thought for me. To know that my God has no limits on what He can do takes a lot of stress off me.

Here I sit on my campus quad after months of wondering if I would be able to finish my college experience in person. This is just one example of how God works outside of the boundaries. The world told us we wouldn’t be returning to campus, but God did great things and made it happen. Thank you, LORD! I’m putting this school year in His hands because I know He is capable of the impossible. Nothing is too big or too hard for our God.

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Gabriela Molina
Gabriela Molina

Hi Elise!!

I am in the exact same place! It is a really hard place to be in, and a hard space to try and remind ourselves that God is in control. It is so hard to try and find joy when we can not see anyone's facial expressions because of the masks, hangout with people outside of our small circle, and GFU activities. This is a hard time, but we will get through it!!!

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