If you’ve been following my blog for a while, then you’ve probably heard me talk about, what I call, my “anything prayer.” It was the prayer I prayed on the day I gave God the “all-in” card.
Ever since that moment, God has been upping the ante and calling my husband, David, and me to bigger and more challenging “anythings.”
Our Latest Anything
The church we attend recently kicked off a three-year campaign called “I’m In” to fund the initiatives we run after–things like:
- eliminating poverty in our city
- liberating girls from sex slavery in India
- abolishing the AIDS epidemic in South Africa
- ensuring that people all over the globe have access to the gospel in a way that makes sense to them
These initiatives excite me and fill me with hope for our world. So as David and I began to talk about our financial commitment, I offered up a similar prayer to the one I first prayed 5 years ago.
“God,” I said, “I’m in. I’ll do anything. You still have all of me.”
“Really?” God replied. “Well that’s good to know.”
“Yes, really. I’m in,” I responded. “So what do You want us to give to this campaign? You know more than anyone that money is really tight. But we trust You. How much do You want us to commit?”
God paused. “Heather, do you really love Me?”
“Of course, God!”
“Do you really trust Me?”
“Yes, I really do!”
Another pause. “Heather, what if I asked you for all of it?”
Now it was my turn to be silent. “Uh… what do You mean ‘all of it?'”
“What if I asked for every penny you have? What if I literally want you to go ‘all in?'”
I wish I could tell you that my immediate response to God was, “Yes! Here! Take it all!” But it wasn’t that easy. I didn’t feel like God was specifically asking for our entire savings, but He was definitely questioning whether or not it was “on the table.” Would we really go all in?
So we prayed about it.
It was only after we came to the place of saying, “Yes, even if the ‘anything’ You want is all the money we have in our accounts,” that we felt like we knew the number God wanted us to give.
We made our commitment, and with it we said, “God, there is no possible way to meet this commitment unless You come through. We can’t do this unless You supernaturally provide for us. We want to fulfill this commitment. We need Your help. We trust You.”
A Radical God
Friend, I can promise you this: one day, Jesus is going to ask you to do something radical. It won’t make sense. It will seem crazy, but that’s why it’s called faith.
I wish I could say that this journey of following Jesus gets easier, but unfortunately, it is usually the case that the opposite is true. If we are doing this “Jesus-thing” right, it will only get more difficult. But here’s the good news, while our difficulties and challenges don’t go away, neither does our God.
God works in an upside down, counter-cultural kind of way.
While the world may think that trials and struggles are nothing but a source of unrest and turmoil, our God has a way of flipping these trials upside down and turning them into the very places where we find peace.
Peace is not the absence of a storm; it’s the calm you find when you realize that Jesus is standing beside you in the midst of the storm.
James 1:2-4 says, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
And Romans 5:3-4 says that we “glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.”
This was one of the hardest things God has called me to do. Yet, I have a supernatural peace. It is quite literally a peace that surpasses my understanding.
At a recent event, I heard pastor John Gray say, “God wants to put His “super” on top of your “natural.” David and I believe God will do this for us. And three years from now, I am confident that our financial commitment will not only be fulfilled, but we will have stories of supernatural miracles of how God alone made it possible.
Remember, if you are a Christ-follower, you are not just human; you are also Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit that adds the “super” to our “natural” and gives us the strength to trust and obey our radical God.
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