Not long ago I tried to fix a leaky valve in one of our toilets. I had repaired a few before so it didn't seem like that big of a deal. (Just for a visual picture, the toilet I was working on was a lovely pink one that had reigned in its spot for nearly 50 years.)
I took apart the insides just like normal, removed the tank from the base and sat the tank sideways to remove the final nut that held the last piece I needed to remove. I grabbed the nut to turn it, just like I had with all the other nuts, but it didn't move. I grabbed more firmly and twisted harder, but still no movement. For the next several minutes I tried everything in my might and power to move that nut... my handy dandy orange gloves (that remove the toughest of jar lids), WD 40 (to loosen the nut), pliers and wrenches... but nothing.
Finally I called in the big gun, my husband. He kindly agreed to help remove that stubborn piece. He positioned himself and gave it a big heave-ho, but to both of our surprise, it didn't move. He tried again with all of his power and might, but nothing. For another several minutes we struggled with that thing... pulling and pushing, tugging and twisting... but nothing.
So, my sweet husband went off to find some bigger tools to assist him. Then I remembered something I've done many times in the past. I stopped and talked with God. I prayed that He would help me remove the nut. Then I took my hands to it... took a deep breath... and started singing a song that I've song many times in situations like this... "Not by might... Not by power... But by My Spirit says the Lord. No, it's not by might... not by power... but by My Spirit says the Lord."
Then, while singing, I began to turn on the nut with my bare hands, my weak bare hands, and guess what... It turned with very little effort and came right off (before my husband had even come back with his tools)! I just held it up to show my husband when he entered the bathroom and PRAISED God! HE had done it!
There was no way (short of breaking the toilet) that we were going to get that nut off with our own power and might, but He removed it by His Spirit... I have no doubt about that!
That makes me wonder... what is it in our lives that we have been trying to remove? What have we been struggling with all our might and power to change? What have we been pushing and pulling, twisting and turning to try to loosen in our lives?
Can you imagine that if God can loosen a nut that's been securely screwed in place for nearly 50 years by His Spirit, He can do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine in our lives?! He is the Lord, our Maker, the GREAT I AM. He has the power to speak and things can change! He has the power to say to that nut "be loosed" and it will be loosed!
Let Him speak into your life and loosen what's been so securely fixed for so long... Let's let His Spirit make the change! And let's let our testimony be that GOD did it! Let's let His Glory shine through our difficult circumstances! May God be glorified through the things we can't do, but only He can do!!
Michelle (aka SomeGirl) is a fresh, new blogger with a passion for encouraging others to live and love intentionally. She defines herself, first and foremost, as a child of God. After that she is thankful to be called wife to a wonderful husband, mom to 2 crazy boys, and friend to many. I think you’ll enjoy getting to know her at her blog SomeGirlsWebsite, on FB or through Twitter where she is active as @SomeGirlsTweets.
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