Wednesday, September 5, 2012

No Ration on His Miracles

If you ever take the time to sit at the feet of a senior citizen, you will learn an abundance of wisdom and life lessons, sprinkled with a little humor and maybe a few tears. World War 2 was the era that was their existence, and with this reality comes the vivid memory of how nearly everything was rationed. Every day items such as meat, flour, canned goods, gasoline and even toothpaste were rationed to each family member, and treats like sugar and sweets were even more rare and served only during special occasions.

As a result of of this challenging time period in history, many of the individuals who lived through that developed a sort of poverty complex; a complex of the mind that tells you that you are poor, and that things are to be hoarded, because you may not have enough for tomorrow.  It should be noted that this complex/mind set is not entirely negative, as it has also developed a positive, healthy perspectives on the importance of saving money and resources, instead of over indulging in them."

Yesterday I was on the phone with my mother, reminiscing about all the blessings that God has bestowed on my life in the last year. As we recalled each and every major incident where God answered a prayer and/or provided something that was exactly what I needed, there was a point where it got a little bit quiet on my moms side of the conversation.  "Sarah," she said. " Sarah, there is no ration on God's miracles. They will just keep coming."

As I stare into my even more unknown future, that little pearl of truth from my mother has nestled in my heart. Fear, anxiety and the general ailments of humanity sometimes tempt us to think that God's miracles were already delivered before; that it was a one time thing, and that there simply cannot be more from where that came from. I think that it is safe to say that this tendency tends to dwindle the older a person becomes, with all of the life lessons/experiences that come and go. 

How often do we place rations on what God is clearly capable of doing, as well as what He is capable of giving? Those moments where we think that we have a certain amount of prayers that He will hear, a certain amount of times He will come through for us, or a numbered amount of mistakes that He will forgive? As children of Christ, we know that God is abundant in all that He is to those who believe in Him, but I know that I'm not the only one who finds myself in moments such as these.  The beauty of overcoming this lie is the fact that we are given yet another opportunity to trust in Him and see Him continue to work in ways that are not only perfect, but with a timing so in sync with goodness of all He is.

 In Ephesians 1: 7-10, we are also reminded of how there is absolutely no ration on the holy work of the Cross.  " In Him we have redemption through the blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace that He lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, and He made known to us the mystery of His will according to His good pleasure, which He purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment-to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ." 

Friends, may you live your lives fully and confidently in the truth that the miracles of your Savior are unending and forever abundant. When you find yourself within that limiting frame of mind to all He is capable of doing in your lives and the lives of those around you, stop and take time to trace the pattern of His faithfulness in your life. For the truth is, the trail of miracles in your life can be traced back to the day you were born, and will continue on to the day when you get to see the miracle worker face to face, and oh what a day that will be!