Perfect Position for a Miracle
Colby and I have been believing for a miracle for 6.5+ years. I realize you might be someone who is believing and contending for one too. Or if it’s not you, maybe it’s someone you know.
Over the years, I have learned so much about positioning myself to receive the miracle we have been believing for. The revelation I have received, and am continuing to receive, definitely didn’t happen over night. In fact, for the first year of our journey I believed the lie that I had to work myself into a miracle. This was a lie I continued to believe before I completely surrendered our story over to the Lord. I really did think that if we followed a certain diet, took the right amount of essential oils or avoided a glass of wine, we would receive our miracle. Thankfully I have uprooted those lies and have found such peace and freedom since doing so.
Can you relate to thinking that you have to earn your miracle or that you have to be qualified to receive one? Or maybe it is that you have believed the lie that you have to have the perfect amount of faith. Or perhaps it’s that you have to be at the perfect place? Before we know it, you and I can easily believe a long list of lies. I know, because I have been there.
During this time of year I love to reflect on the miracle of Jesus and the story of how he came to this world, because it’s the exact opposite of what anyone, including myself, would think. I would think, it would be this extravagant, jaw-dropping, amazing story. In my mind it would make sense that he was born to the most wealthy, well-known couple. It would be that he was born in the nicest place, one ready to receive a King. I would think his parents must have done something to deserve the miracle. If I didn’t know anything about the story, like I do now, I would assume all the details surrounding the birth of Jesus were perfect. You would think that the greatest miracle of all would have come in the most magnificent way, but that wasn’t the case.
When we look at the story of the birth of Jesus it was actually the exact opposite. Everything about the story is out of the ordinary. He was born to the most unlikely person, at the most unlikely place and in the most unlikely way.
“While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.” Luke 2:6-7
Joseph and Mary were ordinary people, just like you and me, and God chose them to birth the Savior. He didn’t choose the highest ranked or the most glamorous. He didn’t choose the birth to happen in the most well known city or the fanciest house. He didn’t choose the people who had the perfect life or had the perfect amount of faith. He chose a a manger. A carpenter. An unwed teenager. And, a small town named Bethlehem. Nothing was special or perfect about how Jesus came. And yet, his story of arriving, was well… perfect!
This story of the birth of Jesus on Christmas day should remind you that your miracle isn’t about you and what you have to do or who you have to be. Even on the days when are feeling weak, inadequate, insignificant, poor and undeserving, you are in the perfect position for a miracle. Why? Because it’s not about you to begin with!
God doesn’t need perfect circumstances to do a miracle in your life. He doesn’t need you to earn or work your way into receiving your miracle. Instead, he prefers you surrender your story to him and receive by faith what he has provided by grace. It’s when you give it all over to him and realize it’s about him and not you, that you will position yourself to receive your miracle.
As you celebrate the birth of Jesus this season know that God loves to perform miracles. Whether you are believing for a baby or something different, today, right where you are, in your imperfect mess, please remember you are in the perfect position to receive your miracle.
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