This past Sunday was Miracle Sunday at our church. We were challenged to pray about and prepare to give a miracle offering over and above our regular tithe. We were also challenged to come forward and take a stand to make changes in our lives whether it be about money or healing or whatever. I’ve been feeling convicted about how I spend my money for a while now, even before I heard the message that delivered this challenge. When Cal talked to us about giving a miracle offering, I looked at my checkbook. For the last few months, for no particular reason that I can see, all the bills have been paid late, and I have used the dreaded credit cards when the balance got too low. How would I have anything to give? All I could think to do was cut up my credit cards and give those. I felt so guilty. God deserves an amazing gift, and I’m going to give him my credit card debt? I prayed for an answer and felt very confused. Should I write a check for money I know I don’t have so that God provide the miracle? How can I expect a miracle if I never take a risk? In 2 Kings 4, the widow had to collect the jars first before the oil started flowing. But then again, it didn’t really feel right to give a rubber check to God. On Sunday morning, I still wasn’t sure. I decided that I would give the credit cards, but I didn’t know if that was enough. I ripped open my checkbook and quickly scribbled out a check for $50. As I stood in the line leading to the front, I was so ashamed of my offering. An envelope full of cut up plastic and $50 courtesy of overdraft protection. As I prayed I felt God lifting my own disappointment off of me. I didn’t even know the weight of all that debt until I felt the freedom of giving it all to God. Now I just pray that the miracle of becoming debt-free will come quickly. I’ve tried on my own many times, but it always feels too insurmountable and I give up. This time I’m praying for a miracle.
If you would like to share the miracle you are praying for, please do. Maybe God’s already done it, and that would be great to hear about, too.