“Difficulty is a miracle in the first stage. If it is to be a great miracle, the condition is not difficulty, but impossibility.”
Since its inception, Project C.U.R.E. has been characterized by a culture of consecutive miracles. There has grown up around the organization an expectation that the difficulties that face us on a regular basis are there as challenges, and those challenges are interpreted as opportunities for God to show his mighty faithfulness through our consistent endeavors.
Many times we have faced the “impossible” and others around us were certain that the time had come for us to quietly fold our tents and sneak off into the dark shadows of defeat and mediocrity. But, those times of “impossibility” have simply become occasions for God to not just work a miracle, but, rather, to perform a “great miracle” before our eyes. It seems to me that our very existence, after 25 years of delivering health and hope to a needy world, is proof certain that God is still in the “great miracle” business.
I loved to return to Denver from my international trips and sense the excitement of our volunteers and staff at Project C.U.R.E. They would line up at my office door or catch me out in the warehouse. In almost breathless recitation they would tell me of the most recent miracles that had taken place while I had been away. In fact, many would tell me, “I come to work at Project C.U.R.E. every day because I know if I miss a day of being here I will miss out on one of the miracles.”
One such report came to me from one of our Denver warehouse directors, named Justin. While I had been in Nagorno Karabakh I had witnessed the sad devastation of the country and the maiming and crippling of many of the victims. The constant bombing and the hidden land mines had left so many of the victims without arms or legs. Many others needed physical rehabilitation in order to be restored to health. I had promised the doctors and nurses, as well as Baroness Caroline Cox, that Project C.U.R.E. would help them in establishing a physical rehabilitation facility to be located in the city of Stepanakert.
When I returned to Denver from Nagorno Karabakh, I had found out that we had sent all the rehabilitation equipment that we had collected in our warehouse inventory to a hospital in Turkey. What would we do? The time was quickly approaching when we had to ship the ocean going cargo container into Yerevan, Armenia to be transported by land to Stepanakert. Justin and his crew began to pray for the people in Nagorno Karabakh, and that a miracle would take place allowing us to receive the needed rehabilitation equipment and prosthesis pieces. They kept the list of needed things for Karabakh right on their desk in the warehouse.
Then, one day our warehouse was notified that a large truck would soon be arriving at our docks. The truck was loaded with medical goods that had been donated to Project C.U.R.E. by a prominent medical company. But, Justin did not know what would be on the arriving truck. When the truck backed into the dock space, the driver hopped out and handed to Justin a manifest of all the donated contents in the truck.
“Jim, it was a miracle, an absolute miracle,” Justin said to me with tears welling up in his expressive eyes. “Jerry and I stood there, and I had the manifest of the new load from the truck that had just arrived in one hand and the list of needed equipment and prosthesis pieces for the Nagorno Karabakh load in my other hand. The two lists were almost identical. Jim, it was a miracle,” he told me. “When we arrived at the warehouse that morning we didn’t have what we needed. Then within the next hour we had everything we needed to send. Now they will have almost everything they requested to complete the rehabilitation center, plus lots and lots more medical supplies than they even expected! We have just been a part of a miracle.”
When was the last time you were directly involved in a “great miracle?” Or, have you ever experienced such a thing in your life? I dare you, today, to look at the difficulties that are facing you right now and view them not as impediments or enemies. See them as “miracles in the first stage.” And remember, if your situation is going to require a great miracle, the condition will probably not just be difficult, but impossible!