Make It Work

Originally Published March 8, 2011, but I thought it was a good follow-up to yesterday’s post.  

Does anyone else love Project Runway?  It never ceases to amaze me how they’re able to make these incredible works of art using only newspaper or trash bags.  I mean, really?  How do they do that?  Talk about “making it work!” 

Yesterday on my drive to work, I was thinking about something a woman said at a recent women’s conference: “Never despise the nothing in your hand.  It’s amazing what God can do with nothing.”  

In a similar way, I’m sure the Project Runway designers think to themselves, “How in the world am I going to make something for the runway using only newspaper?”  But somehow, they usually do. 

Similarly, sometimes we might think, “how in the world can God use me?”  Lucky for us, it’s not up to us to create the finished product, that’s God’s job.  He’s the designer.  We just have to bring to him what we have.

Take Moses for example.  When God appears to him in a burning bush and tells Moses He is calling him to deliver the Israelites out of Egypt, Moses responds with a, “Who me?  You can’t be serious?”

Then God asks him, “What’s that in your hand?”

All Moses had was a shepherd’s rod, but God had him place it on the ground and Moses watched as it turned into a snake.  The minute Moses touched it again, it turned back into a rod.  God used this small, humble, simple, everyday rod to perform various miracles and He tells Moses to take his rod in his hand and use it to do the signs God has given to him.

God takes the ordinary and makes it extraordinary.

What did God give to David to defeat Goliath?  A big, macho, powerful weapon?  Nope!  Why not try a slingshot and some rocks?

What did Jesus do with the boy who gave him five loaves of bread and two small fish?  He used his humble sacrifice to feed 5,000.  Afterwards, not only did they have leftovers, but they had 12 baskets full!

What has God placed in your hand?  Never despise your nothing or your ordinary; It’s amazing what God can do with nothing!!

“With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
Matthew 19:26