“The Lord visited Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did to Sarah as he had promised. And Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age at the time of which God had spoken to him.” (Gen. 21:1-2)
So far outside and beyond our boundaries that he is inconceivable and dry and distant to our ordinary expectations and perceptions.
Faith is not a bargain with God to fulfill our expectations of what is ordinary. Faith is not God coming to me in my way; something God simply cannot do. He must come in his own way.
Faith is not giving up when my expectations of how God should operate are not met.
Faith demands that I believe God at his word when it does not fit my ordinary capacity for timing, outcomes, or expectations.
Faith requires an astonishment at a God who destroys every expectation I use to define ‘ordinary’.
God will always be ordinary if I am incapable of believing in the extraordinary.