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One of the things that excites me most about following Christ is that He can do anything. Literally anything. I think He delights in blowing our minds–which isn’t that hard considering they’re so finite and He is infinite—by doing something we don’t think is possible. He turns a cement wall into a door with less effort than I could ever imagine.
Yet so often, I pray like He has a mind like mine. In the moment, I don’t think I realize I’m doubting Him because I pray boldly that I trust Him and believe in His purpose for my life being one that is good. I think my head is really good at praying this, but my heart is actually saying, “Yeeeeeeah, I hope this is true. But so far I’m not seeing anything I like.”
The heart and head dynamic is so interesting in regard to our relationship with Christ. I just finished reading Jonah a few nights ago, which is notorious for being a book that many non-believers will use to say that the Bible is not 100% factual. In senior Bible class, my teacher, Mr. Hough, taught us about the arguments secular scholars use to refute the inerrancy of the Scripture, and Jonah was one of the arguments we covered. Sure enough, in a summer class I took at UCO after my freshman year of college my professor used the book of Jonah as an example of why the Bible is not all factual. She claimed Jonah is a fictional story used to teach us a lesson, but shouldn’t be regarded as fact.
Mr. Hough taught us that you can’t disregard the fact that God will do crazy miracles just because He can. Treating the story of Jonah as fiction eliminates the possibility of miracles from God altogether, thus ridding God of the very power that makes Him God.
In our head, it seems impossible that God would create a storm and send us into the belly of a fish for our good, but it’s true. Jonah basically chose death when he told the men on the ship to throw him overboard. I’m sure Jonah considered that he was about to die in the ocean. He also may have considered that God was going to save his life, because he knew God, but I doubt he prayed, “God, please let me be swallowed by a fish to save my life!”
When He had given up, God hadn’t! God caused a miracle. He sent a fish to save Jonah—although, it wasn’t the way Jonah dreamt up being saved. His finite mind did not see how God was working this miraculous and crazy experience of the storm and the belly of the fish for his good and the good of hundreds of thousands of people.
Knowing all of this, I still pray like I worship a God who is as powerless and clueless as I am. More than anything, I want to have a heart that would long for God to do something crazy in my life and have a head that knows He will.
Some days feel like miraculous days to me. I’ll feel the companionship of the Lord blessing me, and I feel boldness and total trust in my head and heart that He will do a miracle in my life. Whether I see the fruits of that miracle in 5 minutes, 5 week or 5 years, I know He is doing things for my good. All I want is for my life to be one that trusts God to the point where I look crazy. Like I’m sure Jonah did to the men on the boat. I want to follow His Word because I trust that His good is better than my own! I trust Him more than I trust myself, and I want to live that every day I’m alive.
Today, Thursday, February 8, is a great day to believe that God is going to work a miracle in your life. God likes blessing us by showing us His power. I always think back to when He fed thousands of people using a little boy’s lunch. How cool that boy must have felt that God used HIS lunch to do a miracle! God could have fed the crowd a million different ways, yet He worked through a little boy. That means He can work through you, too.
Join me in asking God to grow our faith in our heads. I want to wake up everyday like I know without a shadow of a doubt that God can put a miracle in the middle of the mundane. I want to live a life that shines the confidence of serving a God of miracles, and has eyes that is eager to see the work of His hands.
Lord, work a miracle in our lives and the lives of others. Speak life into the darkest parts of our hearts. Break our chains. Heal us and mend us. Answer prayers that have been prayed for years and decades. Show us Your face when we least expect it, and give us urgency and boldness to speak of Your love. Work a miracle in us, O Lord.
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Holly Hoehner has her bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Oklahoma. She considers herself more of a Russell Westbrook than a Kevin Durant and enjoys learning about and participating in the digital age, blogging about anything that comes to her mind and creating witty Instagram captions. Holly was raised a die-hard Sooner fan in Edmond, OK.