25 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?27 Which of you by worrying can add one [j]cubit to his [k]stature?
On my way into work this morning, a bird darted in front of me. I heard it bounce off of my truck and in my rear view mirror; I saw it as it fell to the side of the road. The Lord immediately spoke to me about that little bird. He impressed it upon my heart that He had seen what happened and He was totally aware of it. My mind jumped to this verse:
What is the price of five sparrows? A couple of pennies? Yet God does not forget a single one of them. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to him than a whole flock of sparrows. (Luke 12:6-7)
God doesn’t forget a single bird. God’s creation is valuable to Him. As a part of His creation, He is concerned with you and me. In fact we are His chosen vessels to complete His will on earth.
Sometimes we all feel as if we’ve been left out in the cold. We feel like God must have His attention elsewhere and He didn’t see that problem that came up or realize we needed a quick resolution. Just like that bird that darted in front of me, we often ask why God doesn’t intervene in our lives, why didn’t God make him zig instead of zag?
But of course God does intervene as we yield to Him.
God really does care about us. God really does see all the problems. God really is on the job, hearing our prayers and taking care of what we need.
We have to stay focused. We hear a variation of that all the time. The world says, “Just stay focused”, as if that will make our entire decision making process okay. Or they say, “Work through it,” as if all the poor choices we’ve made can be corrected by force of will. God wants us to focus on Him:
And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow, won’t he more surely care for you? You have so little faith! And don’t worry about food – what to eat and drink. Don’t worry whether God will provide it for you. These things dominate the thoughts of most people, but your Father already knows your needs. He will give you all you need from day to day if you make the Kingdom of God your primary concern. (Luke 12:28-31)
He will give us everything we need if we make His kingdom our focus. We have to learn to rely on Him to take care of the issues in our lives. How many times have you tried to interject yourself in a situation fully intending on doing the right thing and yet it turns out so wrong? We always want to do things our way; and yet half the time that’s the very reason we’re in that position in the first place. Our free will is not free reign to wreak havoc. In fact, that’s what God is trying to get us to see, Yield To Him And He Will Take Care Of You. Look at this verse:
If you make the Lord your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your dwelling. For he orders his angels to protect you wherever you go. They will hold you with their hands to keep you from striking your foot on a stone. You will trample down lions and poisonous snakes; you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet! The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name. When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue them and honor them. I will satisfy them with a long life and give them my salvation. (Psalms 91:9-16)
He will protect you, rescue you, be with you, answer you, honor you, satisfy you, give you long life and His salvation. If you make God your refuge and your shelter! We just have to trust in Him and he gives us all that. What a bargain!
Don’t fret. God sees all the little birds that fall by the wayside and He sees all you are struggling with today. He wants you to know that He loves you with His everlasting Love. He wants you to know that He alone knows all about you and every hope and dream you hold so dear. He alone knows the issues in your life. He alone knows the way it will all turn out, But You Must Yield To Him. God’s plan is the best plan. His plan will make you skillful at His calling. His plan for you will enable you to go forward with confidence. His plan will prevail.
God wants to bless you right now. He is giving you strength for this day and hope for the future. He is giving you peace. Just receive all that He has for you! Rest in the fact that He is looking upon you with graciousness and favor. You are His beloved.
The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace. (Numbers 6: 24-26)
Lord, I Need A Miracle
“Leah, I have to have surgery right away. My neurologist told me I have a brain tumor, and my surgeon has strongly advised I get my will and finances in order, just in case …”
The MRI revealed an 8-cm mass silently sitting on top of my brother’s brain stem. The possibility of things going wrong had been clearly communicated. The words “paralysis,” “blindness” and “vegetative state” invaded our conversation that day.
So there we were – three days later and four long hours into surgery – with at least four more hours to go.
Internally I was a mess, but trying my best to get a grip and keep my emotions in check. As I looked around the waiting room, I noticed no one was crying. No tears. No sorrow.
Instead of seeing doubt and despair, I watched faith in action.
Family and friends praying together, speaking words of hope and encouragement. Sharing stories and reminiscing over all the things they loved about my brother.
In that moment, I realized it was not the time to crumble in fear. It was time to stand firm in faith. To pray like never before. To trust God was with us. To ask for a miracle. And, yes, even to be thankful. Thankful that:
God was sparing my brother’s life.
God was providing an excellent neurologist and surgical team.
God was bringing family and friends together for support.
God was comforting us in the midst of a crisis.
As we waited together, we tried not to focus on the worst but to believe God for the best. Although we knew modern medicine had its limitations, we held to the truth that God has no limitations and is certainly able to do immeasurably more. And He certainly did …
Doctors speculated my brother would be in ICU for at least two or three days. God intervened and he left the ICU a few hours after surgery.
Doctors speculated my brother would be in the hospital for two weeks. God intervened and my brother was released from the hospital just two days after surgery. Two days!
Doctors speculated my brother would need extensive physical therapy. God intervened and my brother hasn’t needed any physical therapy.
God not only answered our prayers, but He exceeded our greatest expectations.
Doctors were blown away by my brother’s recovery. Although they didn’t use words like “miracles” or “the power of prayer,” our family certainly did. Over and over again!
I can still remember the first words my brother spoke to me after surgery. Still hooked up to an IV with part of his head shaved and his body swollen, he slowly whispered, “Thank you, God.”
Although physically weak, my brother was spiritually strong and in his own way responded like today’s key verse: “I give thanks to you, because you have answered me. You are my savior” (Psalm 118:21).
When our family celebrates Thanksgiving this year, we have even more to be thankful for: Our health. Each other. Miracles and answered prayers.
As Thanksgiving approaches, what are you thankful for? What story has God given you to share with others about His faithfulness in your life?
Don’t be tempted to keep your miracle hidden. Instead, share your story over and over again, because God deserves the glory that will come from your testimony.
After doing miracles for His people throughout history, now God is ready to do miracles for YOU!
If you need a breakthrough today, let me encourage you: Just as countless people in the Bible were delivered out of impossible situations, so can you. Our God is still in the miracle-working business!
The dictionary defines a miracle as “an extraordinary event manifesting divine intervention in human affairs.” Perhaps that’s what you need in some area of your life today: God’s supernatural intervention. If so, you can be confident in His power to supernaturally turn things around for you.
John 5 tells the story of a man who had been crippled for 38 years. Desperate to be healed, he longed to step into the anointed pool of Bethesda when it was stirred by angels. But the man faced a dilemma. His disability made it impossible to quickly push through the crowd and be the first one to touch the water.
Realizing he could never be healed in his own strength, the man must have felt hopeless at times. But one day Jesus came on the scene and changed everything. Seeing the man lying near the pool, the Master declared, “Rise, take up your bed, and walk” (v. 8). After 38 years of suffering, the man no longer was crippled!
We’re also told of a woman who had been severely hemorrhaging for 12 years. After spending all her money on endless doctor visits, she only got worse. However, when she saw Jesus in her town, she figured out a plan. “She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped” (Luke 8:44 NIV). Her medical condition was impossible for doctors to solve, but it was no problem for the Great Physician.
So don’t give up, my friend. Whatever you’re going through, God has a miracle for you!