When I was a kid I loved building models. I loved the tiny pieces all coming together to make a single structure that was well made, well planned, and well thought out. The problem was that when I got to the point that I could see the final structure taking shape, I would get impatient and stop construction to play with the model before it was finished. Often this resulted in my breaking it and, subsequently, never finishing it. The reality, as hindsight tends to show, is that when I saw a glimpse of the outcome toward which I was working, I quickly lost sight of the unfinished portion. This led to premature satisfaction with my progress, and I would rarely see the finished product.
It comes as no surprise that, while sitting at work the other day having a cup of coffee, this memory popped up in my mind. I realized how sad it was that none of my attempts at building a model had ever seen completion. My ‘modus operandi’ was to stop before finishing, having either lost interest or becoming content with where I was. The question, “How many times have I done this to God,” kept running through my mind. “How many times have I been so close to the end of my struggle, with the goal in sight, only to stop short of God’s intended outcome?” Daily, it becomes very clear to me that sometimes we Christians, can pray and fight for something for so long that we consider the work finished as soon as we start to see the miracle happen. So we cease to fight for it. This, obviously, should not be the case! (Though many of us fall prey to this tendency from time to time.)
I was teaching a lesson on this topic to my students back home using an analogy about a runner approaching a finish line. “When the end is in sight does he stop because he thinks that simply seeing the finish line is good enough?” A resounding, “No!” emitted from the student body. The example may be tired, but the truth in it remains. A strong runner sees the outcome he has been struggling for. He knows it’s near, and knows he cannot stop until he crosses that line because almost finished is just that, it’s not finished.
Now, it’s well known that we sometimes start to see prayers answered and think it is enough because we don’t want to be greedy with God’s blessings. I’m this way myself. However, the truth is that when God answers the prayers of his people he does not answer that prayer while pulling from a limited supply. In Psalms 24:1, it says that, “The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him.” That being said, when his provision begins to present itself to you, don’t harbor the complex that you’re somehow a burden on the kingdom and cease your pursuit of the full miracle you are striving for. On the contrary, be thankful for what God is doing, while in faith praise Him all the more for that continued blessing He has for you. When the struggle seems too much to bear, and perhaps you hit a road block you weren’t anticipating, realize that the struggle is not too difficult for the God who has provided thus far and cease not the pursuit of your miracle.
This principal is not merely something I thought up over a cup of coffee. In the story chronicling the healing of a blind man, Mark 8:22-26, Jesus does something miraculous, as He often does. When the buddies of a blind man bring him to Jesus asking for healing, He answers the cry. He takes the man out, puts spit in his eyes, and asks him what he sees. The man’s reply? “I see, but I see men as if they are walking trees.” Jesus then continues the healing miracle by perfecting the man’s sight. If we are honest, our initial reaction to this character might be one of disappointment. “You have sight! Why would you be dissatisfied about what you see when you now can see where you could not see before?” This tends to be my reaction. However, while sitting at work pondering my history with model building, my perspective changed. It became clear that there is a lesson to be learned here. This man could have easily have thought that same way. He could have just simply said, “Yes, I see!” and gone the rest of his life with miraculously imperfect vision. Whether through tenacity or just brazen forthrightness, he spoke honestly to Jesus and held fast in his pursuit for sight. Because of that, the miracle that could easily have been considered substandard in comparison to Jesus’ other works, became what we read here, and this man received the fullness of his miracle.
Curiosity plagued me over that cup of coffee. Is it possible that, in our pursuit of God’s miraculous power in our lives, we have begun to see that power manifest and have become complacent in the beginning stages of prayer answered? Have we received partial sight and stand on the verge of calling the work complete when it is Gods intention to continue? It is at this point that the reality of my thoughts hit me and I leave you with this:
“Do not let the beginning stages of provision, answered prayer, and blessing, stop the pursuit of your miracle. In fact, let it do the opposite. Let the beginning of that blessing, that provision, ignite your passion for Christ, and cause you to push further, and more fervently than before.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
David Kennedy is a senior student, and employee, of Urshan College, David is studying in the Christian Ministries Bachelors program. He is involved in media, graphics, and sound engineering at the school as well as in his home church, private businesses, and the General Youth Division of the United Pentecostal Church International. To check out his design work, head over to his Facebook page, David Kennedy Media.