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Mark 4:22 - English Standard Version (ESV)  22 For nothing is hidden except to be made manifest; nor is anything secret except to come to light.

My mom would tell you I was very impatient as a child.  I remember her telling me over and over again that when I rush to acquire something, it never works out.  It only took a few decades for me to truly understand the wisdom in her words.  Waiting is not something you do just to get what you desire, as if it was pointless.  Neither is it simply about the passing of time.  There is purpose at work in waiting, and when you rush the process you get something that you are not ready for or something that is not ready for you. In between hidden and being seen is the reality of waiting.  No one wants to wait, but we all at times need to.

Being hidden is an important part of something being manifested. God hides things for a reason.  As a seed lies in the ground, in the dark, buried and surrounded by dirt…it’s growing! Those looking above ground feel like they are waiting for something to happen, but if you could see underground you would see something is already happening… the seed is growing.  The seed needs that time of being hidden, otherwise it shoots up too soon, and it won’t survive.  There is something transformative about being hidden and sitting in the dark.  As you wait for something to be seen, be grateful for what is happening in the unseen.  

There is “nothing hidden except to be made manifest; nor is anything secret except to come to light.”  Being hidden and how you handle the dark times in life is key to what is seen in the light.  God keeps secrets, but it’s not forever… it’s just until it’s time to be revealed!  The more I understand this, the more I am grateful for the seasons in my life where I see no fruit and see no light, because now I KNOW something is happening even if I don’t feel or see it!



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Matt 14:15-18 NLT

“That evening the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away so they can go to the villages and buy food for themselves.” But Jesus said, “That isn’t necessary—you feed them.” “But we have only five loaves of bread and two fish!” they answered. “Bring them here,” he said.”

I recall a conversation I was having with a group about something that needed to be done.  My response was the same over and over, “it’s too won’t work!”  After having this conversation multiple times, someone finally basically said, “but if it has to be done, it doesn’t matter how hard it may be, we must do it...we have to try!”

In the text, Jesus asked the disciples to do something that they all knew was impossible.  John chapter 6 tells us that Jesus already knew what He was going to do.  So, this was a test!  And if this was a test, what was the correct answer to the problem?  What does God want from us when we face things that have to be done but can’t be done?  I believe He wants a Yes!  I believe He wants a willing heart. He wants a trusting and believing heart!  We have been conditioned to rehearse to God how impossible things are, but what if you just said “YES” or “OK” and brought it to HIM?  What if we brought it to Him not because it’s impossible and we know it can’t be done, but because NO-THING is impossible and it has to be done?  

BRING THEM HERE...what little you have...your big impossible problems...and your total trust and reliance on Him.  

BRING THEM HERE and watch what HE can do!

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