When Pigs Fly

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“ To know the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might .” Ephesians 1:19

This is from Ephesians 1:15-21. A prayer that Paul prays for the church, a prayer we could pray often for ourselves and others

What miracle are you believing for?  Take a deep breath. Good.  Now, slow your thoughts and tune into a familiar children’s story. One you might remember sharing with your children and grandchildren. 

You are a pig, a little one, and you’re in a predicament. You were just wandering along, maybe to the market for roast beef, when you walk to the edge of a cliff. You step slowly  back as you watch some rocks fall into the deepest valley a pig’s ever seen. You turn around to leave the danger of the cliff’s edge, but you see something terrible and unexpected: a pack of hungry wolves closing in on you after sniffing out your every step.

Quick question. Have you ever felt like this little pig? 

You’re  just wandering through childhood, through your career, raising your children, through marriage, through life when you come upon something unavoidable, something impassable. 

And then when you turned around—and at the worst possible moment—something like sickness, abuse, death, divorce, debt, or addiction was there sniffing out your every step ready to swallow you up. Maybe one of these words describes how you felt, maybe how you still feel: alone, weak, powerless, trapped, hopeless. 

Maybe all of them. 

In Acts 1:8- Jesus tells the disciples that they will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes. The greek word dunamis is used here and 116 times in the New Testament. 

 It is also used to describe Jesus’ miracles, the Holy Spirit’s power, the inner strength of the soul, and even the kind of strength that comes from sheer numbers. It’s actually where we get the word “dynamite.”

It is the same Greek word used in Ephesians 1:19

“The immeasurable greatness of His power toward us who believe.”

Much has been made of Jesus command in Acts 1:8 to wait for the power that came in Acts 2. And that power is available for every believer through the power of the Holy Spirit.

But sometimes what we know is not enough to get us through the tough times. 

Sometimes like the little pig our options are limited. My dad used to say he was between “a rock and a hard spot”, cliff’s edge in front of him, wolves behind him. 

And that’s where we find ourselves.  What that little pig needed was a miracle. 

To fly.

And the power he needed for his miracle was the power we need. The power is to believe. To believe for

Miracles that are needed for ourselves and others.

Miracles for freedom from addiction, for healing, 

Miracles for restoration of relationships, 

Miracles for our children and grandchildren, loved ones that are beyond our ability to help. 

Miracles for financial problems, to get through whatever we may be facing. 

Sometimes the circumstances, the situations do not change as quickly as we would like. And in those times belief, faith, trust that somehow God will come through, that  somehow it will be made right, is the power we need most

Paul prays for that in Ephesians 1:17-19.

For wisdom and revelation to know Him better. To know the hope to which He has called us. And His incomparable power for us who believe.

And Isaiah tells us we can fly.  Above the urgency that tells us something has to happen right now or it is never going to happen. We need the power to believe while we wait.

Isaiah 40:31  But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Special thanks to Life Church for the use of a portion of their devotional “When Pigs Fly”

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“Now at last they were beginning chapter One of the great story no one on earth has read: which goes on forever”. I love this line at the end of the Last Battle by C.S. Lewis. Everyone has a story to tell and ultimately we are all part of a greater story that someday will be revealed in full. “ For now, we can only see a dim and blurry picture of things”. ( 1 Corinthians 13:12). My story is not remarkable, although the events I have had the privilege in my life to witness have been. I grew up in the south “the land of cotton” and the old times there were definitely not forgotten. I remember where I was and what I was doing when JFK and Martin Luther King were murdered in Dallas and in Memphis. I remember the Civil Rights movement, a time of great unrest and change. I remember the dawning of the “Age of Aquarius” in the late 1960’s. It was also the dawning of my love for playing music, a love that has stayed with me throughout my life. If my life were chapters in a book one would tell of my precious bride of 20+ years who endured so much and stood beside me through the good and the bad. One would describe the blessings of being a father and a grandfather. One would tell about how despite being “the wretch” the song sings about God was able to change me, and use me to make a difference in others lives, make me a servant in His church, and surround me with friends all because of His goodness. All part of a story that has had many twists and turns. I think of the words Jimmy Buffet wrote in one of my favorite songs "As a dreamer of dreams and a travelin’ man I have chalked up many a mile Read dozens of books about heroes and crooks And I learned much from both of their styles" And so it is true for me. But in all of my travels and all I have read and experienced nothing compares to where I am headed. The place where my story here ends and the story that goes on forever begins! "" I am confident that He who began a good work in you will carry it on until completion until the day He returns". Philippians 1:6 My hope is that as we all run our race that in some small way my words will encourage and speak to you, as your story is being written. And draw you ever closer to the One who loves you. Further up and further in!
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