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% to 20%, and finally 90% of what they harvested. They supplied the food for 500 people from 43 acres of land. Somebody asked the “Jesus Family” leader: “Why could you refuse aid when others clamored for it?” He replied: “The foreign aid would have robbed us of our anchor. It’s our financial needs that drive us to our knees and force us to cry to God for help.”

Mother Teresa once said, “The more you have the less you can give, and the less you have the more you can give.” Are you utterly dependent on the Lord for your resources? Thank God for the blessings he has given you and, most importantly, work hard to multiply those blessings so that you might give to help the needs of others. When you’re utterly dependent on Him, He’ll see your necessity, recognize your limitations and invent the miraculous to overcome the impossible.

We pray. Heavenly Father, we come before You today, not to ask for anything but humbly giving thanks for all You have done for us. We appreciate You, Oh Father, for sending Your Son to die on that old rugged cross to redeem us of our sins. Thank you Jesus, for enduring so much pain and suffering for our salvation. We give You thanks for giving us, and our family and loved ones, health and strength. Oh Lord, thank you for your unconditional, undying, never-failing, endless love that graces us each day. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.”

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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<markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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