How to See a Miracle in Your Unsolvable Challenge

Let’s face it, we all get blindsided by seemingly unsolvable challenges.

You know the ones motivational speakers maddingly call “opportunities in disguise.” You know the ones we maybe just occasionally wish those same motivational speakers would experience just once.

 

Photo Credit: danna (curious tangles)

Photo Credit: danna (curious tangles)

 

We face an unresponsive medical problem, unfixable marriage or wee bit of a nagging addiction.

Or we wake up way too many mornings depressed and hopeless.

Or we eternally struggle financially.

Then too often what do we hear besides the above wonderful answer?

Maybe at church some kind religious saint offers a humble prayer with about as much spiritual power as a Hallmark card inscription.

Or maybe that Sunday the pastor drones on about how God doesn’t work miracles anymore until our eyes glaze and we look for the closest door.

Or we read a motivational blog that says, “Just think positively. Send out positive vibes into the universe that will come around eventually to you.”

 

And I wonder, “So how long does it take for positive vibe energy to make its way back because frankly I’m in a bit of a hurry here.”

 

Yet Jesus offers something dramatically different.

He said of his own ministry, “The blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised to life, and the Good News is being preached to the poor . . . . God blesses those who do not turn away.”*

 

Wow, nothing like a little understatement.

 

He says if we simply accept him as who he said he was, God, and walk with him then we have unleashed in our lives all of God’s power.

Nothing will be impossible. His whole list were impossibilities in his day. Yet, Jesus performed those miracles to prove he was truly God. And if he performed them then he can perform them now. And frankly if someone tells you otherwise it’s, well you know.

Then to those who’ve hit bottom emotionally and spiritually. Those who’ve reached the end and need to step away from their shovel. He says, “Look up. Cheer up. This isn’t the end only the beginning of something greater.”

That changes our outlook from despair to anticipation. Frankly that alone can make a huge difference.

Then in case you were drifting and missed all of that he simple says you’ll be blessed. Blessed by every gift he’s promised. Blessed by every miracle he has available.

And I’ll tell you. When I’m moping around, looking like I just ate road kill skunk for breakfast, just reading that again is often enough to get me going.

 

There’s no problem we have which is beyond the miracle of God.

 

How have you found this to be true?

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*Matthew 11: 5-6 (NLT)