Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…
“Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the Kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among people.”
Matthew 4:23 (NIV)
So, how was last week for you? Anything special happen in your life or the life of your family?
Any miracles happen? Or did you even notice? Or in the midst of your busyness, would you have even had a chance to notice any—miracles, that is?
Reflect with me for just as second on these moments in history:
· Creation (Genesis, Ch. 1 & 2)
· The burning bush (Exodus 3: 3)
· The parting of the Red Sea (Exodus 14: 21-31)
· Balaam’s donkey speaks (Numbers 22:21-35)
· Daniel saved in the lion’s den (Daniel 6: 16-23)
· Jesus heals the leper on the side of the road (Matthew 8: 1-4)
· A huge & unlikely catch of fish (Luke 5: 4-11)
· Calming the storm (Mark 4: 37-41)
· Walking on water (John 6: 19-21)
· Lazarus returns to life (John 11: 1-44)
· Feeding of the 5,000 (Matthew 14: 15-21)
· The Resurrection (John 21: 1-14)
There are hundreds more we could list—miracles of God or Christ—from the Old and New Testament that had to astonish those present when they occurred; and should astonish us in their reading and recollection today.
Or have we become a bit complacent? Do we believe in miracles? Do we believe that God is still performing miracles in the world around us? Or do we simply believe that those listed above, and hundreds more we could list, are Biblical miracles, and life today is controlled by the laws of nature, science and man?
The probability is slim to none that we will ever notice God’s miracles in our life if we don’t believe that God is still in the “miracle business.”
When was the last time you held a newborn baby? And noticed the fingers and toes, the formation of their legs and arms, and imagined the synchronization of internal organs working to sustain and advance life? Or thought about a heart that will beat fifty to seventy times a minute for the rest of that life? And that’s just a newborn baby before they have even begun to use all that God has equipped them with for their life and—hopefully and ultimately—His glory.
And there are so many more occurring all around us and within our lives every day.
When was the last time someone came along-side you to lift you up when you were about to fall? Do you remember the time when you weren’t sure where the next job would come from—and then it did? Do you remember how sick your child was, and then they were well? How about the time you lost a loved one—and family and friends were there to carry you into tomorrow.
They’re all around us—God’s miracles—both large and small. His blessings specifically for us, demonstrating His continuing faithfulness and activity in our lives and within the world around us.
Do you remember your Granddaughter’s smile from last week that lifted your spirits, and the majestic sunset that seemed to last forever? It closed a day that quite possibly was chock full of miracles that upon reflection you may now remember. A spouse’s touch. A sunrise that morning when you weren’t sure the night before that one would ever come again. A bouncy greeting at the door, after a long day, from the family dog.
I suspect that last week set the record for the number of miracles which occurred in your life and mine. But I suspect that if you’re anything like me—you missed many of them.
Let’s not let that happen this week. I have word, from a reliable source, that the week unfolding before us is destined to be another record-setting week for God’s miracles that will take place in our lives.
Anticipate them, notice them, embrace them and cherish them. Try to count them if you dare—but I suspect you’ll lose track.
But most importantly, thank God for them.
In His Name—Scott