Common sense tells us that if we are absent from a scene, we miss it, right?
Whether that be your friend getting married, a family member having a baby, or a big celebration you can’t attend…if you’re not there, you miss it. Logic. Elementary, yeah?
But have you ever thought about the fact that there might be celebrations and parties and miracles you’re not seeing in your own life because you’re not showing up?
I mean, like really showing up.
You see, I think it’s easier not to. Personally, if I just coin something a “loss”, then I can rationalize not giving it my full effort and I can spend my time and energy other places. My focus shifts, my determination takes a hike, and I tell victory, “Maybe next time.”
But I wonder how many times I have stopped short? How many times the Lord had prepared a place for me somewhere but I was too inside my own head to even realize it? Or how many times I was on the verge of a breakthrough but I let the breakdown convince me I was not capable of seeing it through?
And sometimes, I don’t think the Miracle is Jesus removing the thorn, the issue, the sickness, the crisis, etc….but rather, the Miracle is what He does in you. How He transforms what seems to be defeat and reminds you of His already established victory. How He shows up in the middle of all your crazy and says, “My Child, be still. I will fight for you.”
But we have to be present. We have to bring our pain and bring our present to the Cross so that He can remind us of His plans and our heart sees we can trust His promises.
Nobody else can live out your really, really big plans. Nobody can. Because they’re not you. But those big, awesome, miracle-filled plans require you to bring all that you are and show up.
He has everything you need to get you to where He wants you to go. He just needs you.
“However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived” — the things God has prepared for those who love him.” -1 Corinthians 2:9
“How abundant are the good things that you have stored up for those who fear you, that you bestow in the sight of all, on those who take refuge in you.” -Psalm 31:19