Life Lesson (from journal): "Miracles are not only possible; they're more common than we think. God cares for us and wants to work in our lives. The hard part is remembering this when we come to a crossroads and must choose how to respond.Kerry and Chris Shook provided a reference with several Bible stories that all have a similar pattern. In each situation, God wanted to work a miracle for His people. But He wouldn't do His thing until they fulfilled the requirement of helping other people or filling other vessels (people, needs, obligations, commitments, family, children, youth, pets, etc.) around them.
The Bible Stories List (Exodus 12:1-39; Exodus 14; Numbers 13-14; Joshua 3:1-4:18; Joshua 6; Joshua 9; 1Samuel 17; 2Kings 5:1-17; Jonah 1; Matthew 8:1-13)
Read as many of the stories as you wish, and for each one, try to discern the following:
1. What the people said about their need for God.
2. What God-given resources they made available to Him
3. What U-turn they made from a negative direction to a positive one
4. What God did
5. The ways they shared the blessing of God's miracle with others
Or for each question, note how the people didn't fulfill God's requirements and what He did as a result.
My Answer: I chose to read the story of David and Goliath (1Samuel 17) The men of Israel were in the Valley of Elah, fighting against the Philistines who had a champion named Goliath. He was over 9 feet tall and wore a bronze helmet on his head and wore a coat of scale armor of bronze weighing five thousand shekels, on his legs he wore bronze greaves, and a bronze javelin, which he slung on his back. Now the people of Israel needed to conquer this giant in order to take control and the giant gave them a challenge that if any man could kill him, that the Philistines would become their subject. This was definitely impossible at the time to any of the Israelites. How would they even begin to choose the right fighter for the task.
Now the Israelites didn't think they could complete this challenge and win, but what they didn't know was that a little boy was tending the sheep for his father Jesse of Bethlehem. This was the resource they already had on their side to give to God to use as the fighter of Goliath.
Once David stepped on the scene as ordered by his father to take the loaves of bread and roasted grain to his brothers, he realized that he had a calling by God to end a feud. One of his brothers were enraged, thinking he was being nosy, but he continued to learn all he could about the issue at hand and reported to Saul about the skills he had learned while protecting the sheep in the fields from the lions and the bears. He had killed them to protect the sheep, so this would be nothing to him.
God used a little boy, David, to complete his plan. David stepped out in front of the giant with his sling and a stone and killed the giant with a stone to the forehead. The giant fell and the Philistines ran, but the Israelites were able to overcome them.
I love the words that little David used before killing the giant: "You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will hand you over to me, and I'll strike you down and cut off your head. Today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel."
Personally, I feel like I am currently in David's role as the Shepard. I am being taught how to deal with many types of people. I am a caregiver for seniors all over Los Angeles, CA and it has given me a humbling attitude towards people with different health conditions. I know that when I am supposed to move into my acting career on a full-time basis, that I will be totally ready to deal with anything. I am being pruned and matured to the level that is needed for me in the industry of film, television, and theater. I have been challenged so much and know what it's like to persevere. Maybe one day I will not be a caregiver in the medical field to seniors in real life, but in a medical role on a television program. Life has many possibilities and I am so happy to have the chance to play the game of life. I definitely believe in miracles.
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