“I see what you’ve done. Now see what I’ve done. I’ve opened a door before you that no one can slam shut. You don’t have much strength, I know that; you used what you had to keep my Word. You didn’t deny me when times were rough.” Revelation 3:8 The Message
“While we’re waiting for God to do the miraculous, He’s often waiting for us to do the obvious!”
It’s an amazing convergence point … where God’s power meets our weakness; his ability meets our inadequacy. He comes with answers and we supply the questions. To Him, nothing is impossible, while to us at times it all seems improbable, if not entirely impossible.
But beware thinking that God provides the positive while we offer nothing but negatives. It is a partnership. And although God retains the ‘nothing-is-impossible-with-Me’ card, we bring something to the equation as well.
“What if what I bring isn’t enough to get the job done and see the miracle occur?” It seldom is. However, that isn’t the issue with God. When the woman broke the alabaster box of precious ointment and proceeded to pour it on the head of Jesus, she was ridiculed. But Jesus said to her detractors, “She did what she could when she could;” Mark 14:8 The Message
Doing what we can when we can is often the opening that God is looking for. To astound, He begins with the un-astonishing. To bring about something, He’s perfectly able to start with nothing. To part a wide sea and perform the miraculous, he uses a stick in the hands of a weak, but obedient, follower. (Exodus 14)
To rout 135,000 seasoned enemy soldiers He uses a less than impressive gaggle of 300 men equipped with the most improbable weapons. (Judges 6,7) To knock the fortified walls of a city down He employs people doing what is fairly easy for anyone to do – walk! Joshua 6) To feed a multitude He multiplies a little boy’s small lunch. (Matthew 14)
So if you are faced with a closed door that won’t budge … an obstacle too big to overcome … a diagnosis too frightening to consider, do whatever you can when you can and where you can. But leave the miraculous to God.