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Scripture Reference: Gospel of John 6: 1-14, 12: 1-7; Matthew 26: 6-13; Mark 14: 3-9
Discussion Point 9: “When I put my “what” in Jesus’ hands, it becomes enough.” – Elisa Morgan, page 56
She Did What She Could, when she could identify her “What?”
This chapter addresses our human dilemma of stretching between doing “everything” and doing “nothing.” This is certainly a challenge for women because we are wearing so many hats that we often feel compelled to do everything all of the time, until we burn out and then we resort to doing nothing. Being burnt out is not good for anyone – God doesn’t benefit, and you can’t give your “nard” (best offering) to the world.
Therefore, we should not overwhelm ourselves trying to do everything. Simply ask God, “What would you have me to do on this day? On this morning? At this moment?” Then do that. At first glance, our “what” may not seem like a big deal, but that’s the beauty of it. We never truly know the impact until we take action. The Bible is filled with stories of people who took what appeared to be seemingly small actions at the time, but have turned into Bible stories anchored in children’s hearts for thousands of generations.
We know Jesus’ response to Mary’s “what” – “”Wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.” Then of course in the Book of John, Chapter 6 verses 1-14, we see Jesus multiply a boy’s two small fish and five loaves of bread to feed five thousand men, not counting the women and children. After everyone had eaten all that they wanted, the disciples gathered twelve baskets of barley loaves that remained. Jesus did not only make enough; he multiplied the offering so that it was more than enough.
When we prayerfully surrender our “whats” to Jesus, he will multiple and reveal himself in the situations that we encounter. I recently bought a CD which includes a song that I have played in my car everyday for the past couple weeks. The song is a simple reminder that “there ain’t nothing” he (Jesus) can’t do. I can place all of my “whats” into his hands, and watch him make those “whats” more than enough. He is more than able and willing to do it.
Will you surrender your “whats” today? Tomorrow? Everyday?