You know how you might think something big should have happened, but it didn’t? Sometimes, I believe that’s how most people feel when they finish a Marketplace Mission Trip.
When the trip is over, many feel let down. Some fail to provide feedback for the mission trip. When I track them down, many reply that nothing much happened. “I prayed for people but no one spiritual conversation really stood out. No one trusted Jesus, for sure. “
The every day of our everyday life is pretty common. Sometimes we experience a BIG miracle. But we never get to pick the time or the place. Chances are, you’ve lived over 11,000 days, which is just over 30 years. You may have experienced 5 miracles: unexplainable God activity. Even double that (10 in 30 years) means there is 1 chance in 1100 (0.0009091 or nine one-hundredths of one percent) that another miracle will occur tomorrow. And every additional day lived without a miracle, the numbers get larger.
“How was your day today, honey?”
“It was fine. Nothing happened.”
Or maybe you realize miracles are often small things. One of the people on our trip chose not to react the way she normally would when confronted one morning. She said her normal reaction would have been sharp and it would have escalated tension. Instead, she humbly received the criticism and moved on. Later that day, there was an opportunity when the person who confronted her was alone with her. And their conversation was “much better” than it would have been had she reacted sharply earlier in the day.
You may not consider this story a miracle, but I do. God uses even small things like the way we interact to soften the heart of another or make an eternal difference in the life of someone. If God is who he claims to be, then every interaction matters; every prayer matters.
Work is Work
Your normal days will be, well, normal. Normal is where we spend the other 10,990 days out of every 11,000. Our attention, our inputs, and our lives are marked by exceptions. We plan vacations and we remember events like 9/11 because they’re rare. They’re memorable. God works in those memorable events, but he also works in the everyday events of our everyday lives. God rules over every conversation and every interaction.
Look for Jesus. Watch for him. He is working and active. We punch in every day, and do our job and we will see God work. “I would have despaired unless I believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord. Be strong and let your heart take courage. Yes, wait for the Lord.” Psalms 27:13-14 NASB