After Hurricane Katrina, a buddy and I felt compelled to head south. We really didn’t have a plan. We just knew we needed to head to Biloxi, Mississippi, and help—one way or another. When we got there, we found a church that was the only show in town. No agency was as effective: not FEMA, nor the Red Cross, nor the Salvation Army were able to reach as many people in need as that church. Everyday, twice a day, the church opened its parking lot to distribute goods to crowds of people who literally had nothing and nowhere else to go. There was every need imaginable—food, diapers, toiletries, water—and the needs were immense. On our first morning there, we hit the ground running, helping where we could and distributing what was available.
After the morning session was over, the pastor held a meeting in the sanctuary during which he asked each volunteer what the people needed. Once we had listed everything, he told us to bow our heads and pray for God’s provision. I confess, I was skeptical. And then he said something I will never forget: “Be specific.” What?
I don’t remember everything we prayed for, but I remember laughing a little when one woman specifically asked for size 3 and 4 diapers and another prayed for chicken fingers—not just for “diapers” and “food.”
When the prayer ended, we walked out of the sanctuary. I wasn’t even out the door yet when I heard people laughing, praising, and crying. When I finally saw what all the commotion was about, I was struck with awe! Sitting in the parking lot were two tractor-trailers. And no joke, one was a Pampers truck filled from floor to ceiling with size 3 and 4 diapers. The other was a Kentucky Fried Chicken truck filled with chicken fingers! Now that is specific!
I’m sorry for the long story, but I’m telling all of you right now—John 6: 1-14 happens on this earth. I saw it with my own two eyes!
So when Pastor Ben says, “God uses our not enough, to show us that he is more than enough,” he’s not saying it only worked 2,000 years ago while Jesus walked the earth. God is moving today!
I was a cynic while praying in that church in 2005. I doubted God based on what I thought was humanly possible. I wasn’t enough. We, as an entire body of believers praying in that church, weren’t enough. The chances of all those trucks arriving at precisely that moment is impossible. But that day, God showed us what is possible with him. I believe he showed me that truth so I could tell others and look back at this miracle when I need prayers answered. This truth gives us hope and reminds us to lean on our God who is enough. Let’s surrender to God and allow him to meet our needs.
3 We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. 4 And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. 5 And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.
Can you recall a time when you weren’t enough, but God made it happen?
Where are you falling short today? How can God help? Be specific.
What prevents you from relying on God?
One of the best things a Christian can do is journal: pray, write, grow, and watch. By journaling you will have a literal record of how God has moved in your life.
A Time for Prayer – Monday Focus:
Dear God, you use our not enough to teach us that you are more than enough. I often live as if there isn’t enough, causing my own doubt and fear to build. Today, I acknowledge that in all things you are more than enough and turn to building my faith and trust in you. Help me to trust you more and more each day. I pray specifically today that all of those who are feeling like they aren’t enough or don’t have enough would turn to you. Amen.
This post was written by Mike Bilik. Mike is a father to three amazing daughters and one awesome son. Spare time is rare, but given the opportunity, you are likely to find him with friends: hiking, hunting, or fishing.
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