When you do everything you can do, that's when God will step in and do what you can't do.
- Joel Osteen
Yesterday, I did something I've never done before. I made a list of 12 things I'm trusting God to do in my life. It was all my fellow editor Danielle Lyle's idea. You see, she just finished reading Produced by Faith by entertainment executive DeVon Franklin.
Danielle couldn't stop talking about the book. In it, Franklin encourages readers to create a contract with God–12 things you hope God will accomplish in your life.
"We should all come up with a list," Danielle told editor Dan Kessel, who sits next to us, and me.
Twelve things. Seemed simple enough, and I needed to take a break anyway. I pulled out a blank sheet of paper and numbered it one through twelve. The first few items on the list came easy. But by number seven, I was stumped.
"Finished!" Dan said.
"Me too!" Danielle said.
Oh great. Was I the only one having trouble?
"I don't know what else to write," I admitted. "I think I feel bad asking for some of these things."
"Don't be afraid to ask God for anything," Danielle said. "Just be bold." That's something Franklin advises in his book as well. "God can do for us all that we ask or think, but we have to ask," Franklin writes.
Hmmm. Interesting. With that advice, I quickly finished my list, daring to be a bit bolder this time. Then the three of us placed our lists on the floor in between our desks and Danielle led us in prayer. We agreed to open our lists up again in exactly one year to reflect on our progress.
Back at my desk, I thought about my 12 things–to find a soul mate, to see the world, to let go of my worries, to be fearless...
Some of my requests seemed plausible, while some seemed nearly impossible. God would really have his work cut out for him, even if I did everything on my part to make those things happen.
Then I remembered Danielle's words. Be bold. And that's when I realized–I was dealing with God, the master of boldness! His miracles, from the very big to the very small, are the definition of bold. Earth-shattering and wondrous to behold. Sometimes completely unbelievable and unthinkable.
My list wasn't a random itinerary of "Never gonna happen" hopes and "Not a chance!" dreams. It was a list of miracles waiting to happen.
Now I can't wait to see what surprises God has up his sleeves–I know he'll answer my list in ways I'd never expect.
I'll be sure to keep you updated on the status of my "miracles in progress." In the meantime, I'd love to know what you'd put on your list. What miracles are you asking God to work in your life?
Diana Aydin is an associate editor for Mysterious Ways magazine. When she was just a little kid, she got her first dose of the miraculous. She’s been on the lookout for miracles ever since. Her favorite time of the day is lunch time, when she gets to step away from the workaday world and enjoy a bit of God’s wonder, if only for an hour!