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Exceedingly Abundantly

“(He) is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us.” Ephesians 3:20

A young bride from Iowa travelled to meet her missionary husband in Indonesia. The year was 1940. In 1942, she watched her husband corralled by Japanese troops into a truck and she would never see him again.

His final words to her: Our God will never leave nor forsake us.

But how forsaken might a person feel at that moment?

She herself was brought to a women’s war camp. Later she would be charged with espionage and locked in a six by six foot cell on death row.

She was beaten,  nearly starved, stricken with numerous jungle diseases, like malaria and dysentery.

How forsaken might a person feel in those circumstances?

Darlene Rose’s humility as she tells her story is disarming. Her love for God translated into the power to love her captors and in a place of death and despondency, she hung on for life by cords of golden grace.

I would love to tell her story, but she already has, and so well.

Click on the link below to listen to the Part 2 of her story originally shared by Focus on the Family.

{The audio is over 20 minutes long, so if you don’t have time, forward to around 18:00 and listen from there… it will be a few minutes well spent, I promise}


Did you listen? Can you believe the exceedingly abundantly above manner in which God gave her 92 bananas to eat in her solitary confinement cell? She asked for one and doubted that even God could do such a miracle.

I heard Darlene’s story in the the car. I was driving kids to their activities, as usual. It seems I spend an hour, every day, at least, transporting kids. I am usually consumed the usual mom thoughts: getting there on time, what to make for dinner, how to get kid #3 to this part of town and kid #2 dropped off over there, reminding myself to return an email, fold a load of clothes, restart the one in the washer since it’s been in there for two days, wondering where I can get a cup of coffee on this route, etc. Often, I try to listen to “church radio” since it’s better than listening to Maroon 5’s latest song on the radio for the zillionth time.

I dropped my little guy off at breakdance class and listened, still, in the parking lot. Darlene’s voice, quivered through with emotion spoke this verse:

Don’t you know, she said, that He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us? {Ephesians 3:20}

And she told her banana story and I asked myself, what are you even worrying about? My God is powerful, able and always goes beyond my expectations. Why do I doubt? Why do I doubt so often?

I looked this verse up in Greek and Paul (writing from captivity himself) said essentially:

God is powerful enough to super-duper-hyper-exceed and go above and beyond and over anything you think or ask. 

So go ahead and ask, not complaining or worrying, but thankful that you know a God to ask at all. If you are at the end of your strength, the end of your money, the end of your love, ask Jesus. He’ll give you just what you need, and in excess. Perhaps enough to see you through or enough to share.

We have an intimate God with ultimate power.

All we need to do is look to him for help.


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