"And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick. When it was evening, His disciples came to Him, saying, 'This is a deserted place, and the hour is already late. Send the multitudes away, that they may go into the villages and buy themselves food.' But Jesus said to them, 'They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.' And they said to him, 'We have here only five loaves and two fish.'" (Matthew 14:14-17, NKJV)
Just a few weeks ago, I watched the Preakness horse race from Baltimore on TV. The favorite in the race looked good and all seemed well at the start. Suddenly dark clouds formed over the area and it began to rain very hard. It got so dark and rained so hard you could hardly see the jockeys on the horses. It seemed almost surreal. Normally the sun would be shining, the ladies would have on their fancy hats and the crowd in the infield would close in on the fence to get a look at the race. None of this was taking place. In fact they decided at the last minute to clear the infield of spectators for their safety. It was as that moment when I heard the announcers discussing if the race would go on or be canceled. Then, one announcer in particular said regarding the weather "It is what it is, the race is on."
I felt at that moment I had received a word from the Lord concerning where we are prophetically as a church and as a people of faith. We see from the scripture above that Jesus was teaching His disciples a similar lesson about going forward even when it looks bad in the natural. The disciples saw that it was late and they had no means to feed so many people. In their natural mind they said send them away, let them go and find food. But Jesus said in so many words, no you feed them — "it's on": They are here now, so you feed them. Of course we know the story of how Jesus fed the multitudes with just five loaves and two fish.
However, what I really want you to see here is how we must learn to believe and move forward regardless of the circumstances. More than ever the body of Christ must move in signs, wonders and miracles if we are to do the greater works of which Jesus spoke. At times it may seem risky. In the natural it may look impossible, but with God all things are possible.
You could tell at the end of the Preakness race that the trainer of the favored horse and his wife were visibly shaken. Why not, as they could well have imagined their dream being destroyed by the sudden storm. Yet all went well, with no injuries on the track and their horse winning — despite what looked like possible disaster just moments prior to the race.
Friends, I don't know what you are facing. It may look bad in the natural, but I sense God telling me to tell you "It's on — go for your dream."