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The Miracle Was in the Mustard

Early this past fall, I had quite an experience that truly showed me God’s heart for me. It had been a busy day at the office, and I knew time would not permit for a sit-down lunch break. Ever the multi-tasker, I jumped in the car and headed to a nearby restaurant for take out. I managed to check and respond to email, text, and place a to-go order simultaneously. I was so consumed with a conference call I barely noticed the waitress handing me my food. Graciously thanking her I grabbed the food and headed for the door, when I realized that I had forgotten to ask for condiments. Returning to the counter I said “ma’am may I please have some ketchup and mustard packets”. She put the ketchup in my bag and explained that they were out of mustard packets. I just assumed she would give me mustard in the little clear plastic containers and I looked away. Without ever checking the bag, I thanked her again and quickly headed back to the office.

My husband had another meeting and I wanted him to eat before it began. I ended my conversation and started to dig into the take out bag to set up lunch on the desk. I looked down and much to my surprise, I noticed a family size bottle of mustard. Clearly, the girl had made a mistake and accidentally given me the wrong thing. I could remember specifically asking for ketchup and mustard packets….the little ones. This had to be a grave, but honest mistake.  That poor girl could get in trouble for this at work, and so I grabbed my car keys to go return the large mustard. As I started walking to the door  I was stopped cold in my tracks. The Lord began to deal with my heart on the spot. I felt like He was saying to me “when you expect me to bless you, you believe I’m going to do it. But why is it that the level in which you think I’m going to bless you is so small compared to the capacity in which I desire to bless you?” If this question just resonated with your spirit man it’s completely alright to say OUCH!!!!! To say I cried as these words rang out inside my heart is a total understatement.

I had just been presented with the reality that I had been wishing rather than believing. See, what characterizes a wish is the desired possibility of something happening. However, there’s a sense of safety in wishing, nothing lost and nothing gained. If it happens great, if it doesn’t happen, oh well. Faith, my friends, is irrational. It’s the absolute nonexistence of a plan B, a second opinion or alternate option. I had wished for a small mustard packet and would have been alright eating my sandwich without it. I didn’t expect to get a huge family sized bottle of it. God was showing me that I had to enlarge my expectation. I had allowed myself to settle into the safety of my wishes, rather than to soar into the risk that is my faith in my Father who is willing and able. God was teaching me that I had to learn to partner with his dreams for me, if they were going to become a reality in my life. No one wants to be left on a boat without a paddle, but if it’s sinking just get out and trust you CAN walk on the water.

This incident with something as simple as mustard, so challenged me that I had to relearn how to believe and trust. What is so amazing is that within weeks, my husband and I moved into our home, which was so much more than what we so called “ were believing God for”. In this season of fasting, I’m reminded of this lesson, as once again I find myself believing for more. But now I want the family size manifestation of God’s blessing. I’m learning to enlarge and expand my vision. Exceedingly and abundantly above, really means just that. “ …For when you grant a blessing oh Lord, it is an eternal blessing.” I Chron 17:27

Abra-Ka-Da-Bra

With the increasing globalization of Western culture, uniformed thinking is bridging racial, international and socio-economic barriers everyday. The term abra-ka-da-bra means the same thing to a child in a sleepy Irish town, as it does to a man in the ghettos of Soweto, and also to a skate boarding teen in American suburbia. In the vernacular, this term provides us with the understanding that once spoken something happens, something is created, and something appears or even disappears. There’s a childlike faith to just believe in the unthinkable and unimaginable. Unfortunately, the use of this term almost always produces manifestations, the source of which is not God.

So what happens when our God demonstrates His power and displays his might you ask….signs and wonders. I recently read a passage of scripture that has left me excited and expectant of what God is getting ready to do. Psalm 77 ( You have to read it in NLT!) outlines the writer’s woes and feelings of rejection. He wonders if God has slammed the door on his supplications as he longs for the “good old days”. But then suddenly he begins to recall the wonderful works of God, His power, His love and mercy to Israel. He remembers God leading them out of Egypt a journey the writer calls “the road of God”. Wait a minute. Could yours and my journey through our difficult seasons be the “road of God”? Verse 19 is where God really showed out. He brings the Israelites on a pathway through the mighty waters; a pathway which no one knew was there. (Shout here!!!!) This means that there wasn’t a way out and then the next minute there was. There was not an answer, and then there was. There was no logical solution to their problem, and then there was. Catch the drift!

Talk about something from nothing! That’s the power of our wonder working God, who delights in showing off his might on the behalf of His beloved ones. As we start this journey of consecration together, many are disheartened, weary, confused, frustrated, etc… I encourage you to take this challenge and align your heart and Spirit to God’s heart. I believe that God the father wants to see that child like glimmer in your eyes as He begins to create things out of nothing. I’m not going on this challenge to move God or make him do a single thing for me or in me. However, my heart is turned toward him in humility and I am willing to sacrifice comfort for character. I expect breakthrough and miracles to manifest as bi-products of this consecration and time of sacrifice.  Our God is a wonder working God.

For Further Study : Psalm 77 (NLT)

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