“Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.” John 6:11 (NIV)
My husband and I made the choice not to fight the email (or the person) and to trust God for full recovery of what was lost while wandering through the aisles of a department store. Nothing significant happened immediately when we made that choice, and I was still trusting God He would give me confirmation we were doing the right thing before Monday morning.
The next day, Sunday, was the beginning of His confirmation. It was supposed to be the last video in the series; however, God had been speaking to our pastor and on Friday (two days prior) he felt God tell him to preach from his heart instead. I cried throughout the entire sermon as he shared the three steps needed in order to make room for a miracle in your life using the example of the miracle in the Bible of the two fish and five loaves of bread. (John 6:1-14)
- Let go and trust God with the situation
- Ask for God’s blessing over the situation
- Give away in order to see it multiply
In addition, there is a specific couple on our church’s prayer team I’ve been praying with for the past 18 months about this very situation. They know the details and have been walking with me on this journey for quite a while. The week before God had nudged me to go up and share with them how He had taught me to “hate it (the situation) with the right attitude,” giving Him glory for the way He has taken care of me even though outwardly we weren’t seeing any change in the situation itself.
This week, while my pastor was preaching, I got the sense the couple would be there again and I was to go up and pray with them about this new turn of events. The interesting thing is they serve on the prayer team twice a month, every other week. This was two weeks in a row and God changed their schedule so they were up there ready to pray with me again this week! He confirmed to me through the sermon as well as them being available to pray that this was indeed a choice from Him and I felt confident (and peaceful) that the choice my husband and I had made the night before was absolutely an invitation from God Himself.
Less than 24 hours later (Monday) and more than four weeks before it was needed, God recovered 10% of what was lost with an unexpected job. Then on Tuesday, God showed me a glimpse of just how powerful He is, because He showed me a glimpse of what might be coming – which is an answer to a prayer I began over five years ago.
At the time of this writing, I’m peaceful. God hasn’t fully recovered what we have lost, but He’s working and we can see it. By the time you read this, I know, in faith, we will have recovered all that has been lost with the potential of God having given more. Feel free to ask me in the comments for more details and I will be happy to share the way God answered this choice He gave us.
No matter what the answer is, though, God receives all the glory. I have learned to trust Him with all areas of my life, knowing He loves us and wants the best for us – not because of anything we do, but simply because we’re His children and He is Love.
An Abundant Life always starts with a choice and the first choice is the most important: Who do you want in charge of your life? For me, the answer is Jesus Christ.