Utterly dependent?


My friend, may I ask you a question? When we’re utterly dependent on God, will He sometimes see our necessities, recognize our limitations and, perhaps, invent something miraculous to overcome what might seem the often impossible circumstances of our lives?

Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.

“Necessity is the mother of invention.” I’m sure that you’ve heard that many times. Although I’ve long believed in the truth of that statement, I had the good fortune a number of years ago to experience it first hand. One of our dogs, Annie, had been climbing over the dog run fence repeatedly; when she did, she’d be gone for hours and we simply had no idea where she’d been or, for the matter, if she was coming back. Holly and I didn’t have the money to replace the six-foot fence installed just a few years prior. So, we stared at the fence for a while, just figuring that somehow, something would occur to us. And, it did. I had added two feet to the fence a year prior. All I needed to do was to bend those steel posts inward, toward the run, and Annie would not be able to climb the fence. It worked! A classic case of necessity that became invention.

When we take stock of who we are and what we’re capable of when the material challenges in life face us, can we also see how necessity may give rise to spiritual invention as well?

Here’s a story: In 1942 there was a tremendous drought in northern China. Aid began to pour in from outside Christian churches to help those people who were starving. The “Jesus Family”, a small, agrarian, Christian movement that had begun in China in 1927, refused to take the aid. They continued to feed their people–not only that, but to give away part of their harvest. At first they gave away from 10%