I watched a miracle happen last night.
Many years ago my husband and I decided to send our children to a Christian school. We believe in the mission behind Christian education and have been thrilled to be part of a school that’s sole purpose is to raise up a generation that Shines for Jesus. We take a step of faith every year that God will meet our tuition need and God has proven His faithful every time.
For the past number of years I have had the privilege of sitting on the Board of Directors of this great school. I have to be honest; I haven’t always seen it as a privilege. That being said, I am convinced that God placed me there for a purpose. I am not sure how much value I actually bring to our board table but I do know the incredible lessons that the Lord has taught and is still teaching me while I sit there. There is nothing greater than having a front row seat as God’s hand starts to move and you begin to see the His plans unfold.
Last night we had a meeting with our school community. A meeting that, if the enemy had his way, could have seen us all leaving with our heads lowered in defeat. That did not happen. You see our meeting was about a financial crisis that our school is facing right now. Due to a variety of different reasons beyond our control we are facing a budget deficit significant enough that it could cause the school to close. The message was that we need to raise $25,000 in the next thirty days and an additional $75,000 in the next 90 days. It felt like we were staring directly at the walls of Jericho.
Part way through the meeting I felt the need to step out and pray. A fellow board member and I went out to the hall and began to ask God for unity and peace to come over our school community. Something my friend had said in her pray caused me to think of the Israelites as they stood on the edge of the promise land, Numbers 13-14 tells the sad story. Here was a group of people who had witnessed unbelievable miracles. Every morning they wake up to the miracle of food, literally sitting at their door step. Their eyes gaze on the cloud by day and fire by night that guides them. They watched as Moses came off the mountain with his face glowing because he had been in the presence of the Almighty. They knew first hand the power that their God had, like no other nation before them. Yet, Numbers 13 and 14 is still there.
I have always wondered what would have happened if the Israelites had actually listened to Caleb … “We should by all means go up and take possession of it, for we will surely overcome it.” 13:30 There was no hesitation in him. He knew who his God was and that was all he needed to know.
Unfortunately, the Israelites chose to listen to the other ten spies… “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are too strong for us.” 13:31 Do you realize what is being said here? Caleb is saying ‘We should by all means go up… for GOD will surely overcome…” while the others are saying… “We can’t go up…. for the giants are too big for GOD.”
Our $100,000 giant looked too big for us but… GOD will surely overcome. Each family was asked to write down what they felt they could give or raise. As another board member and I tallied up the numbers we started to see the beginning of His miracle. Our small group pledged over $62,000! I don’t know what God has planned for the rest of the need but I do know that He has a plan.
We all have our “promise land” story. That thing that God is asking you to do that seems impossible to our human eye. The reality is that it is impossible when tackled without Him. But God isn’t asking you to go face your giant alone, He wants to know if you think your giant is too big for Him. My giant isn’t too big… is yours?