Number 40 in the series “God Rocks: 101 Amazing Everyday Gifts!” Stories and promises of Jesus that show us the awesome blessings we can experience each day. I hope it encourages you!
I was having lunch with a friend who’s an atheist. We sat in the restaurant patio on a warm fall afternoon discussing belief in God.
Sweeping his arm he said, “I look around at all of this nature and the cosmos and I don’t see God anywhere.”
I responded, “I look around at all of this and I see God everywhere.”
A few years ago I went through a serious medical issue that was misdiagnosed by my doctor. I deteriorated for months with no cure in sight. Then a couple of “coincidences” led me to discover the core issue and a natural cure for it.
When I shared my good news with friends several responded, “Wow, what luck!”
Yet, I’ve responded often, “No, what a miracle.”
We attended a church for a while that taught, “Miracles are not applicable for today.”
And you know what? They proved their theory correct. They never saw miracles.
The reactions make this story of Jesus fascinating to me.
A man who’s ill and cannot speak seeks out Jesus. Jesus is walking in a crowd teaching and healing. The man thinks, “I’ve seen Jesus heal. Why not me?”
We obviously don’t know his level of faith because, well, he couldn’t talk. But Jesus could see his faith by his actions and he heals him right there.
The reactions are interesting and so real.
First, the crowd says, “Wow! We’ve never seen anything like this before. This is cool. Of course we need to investigate this a little more. Make sure this guy really couldn’t talk. We’ll think about it.” And nothing more occurred.
Second, the religious leaders respond, “This can’t be from God. It doesn’t fit our theology. It has to be a trick or worse some dark magic. In fact this proves this Jesus is a charlatan or is working with occult power.”
Third, the man himself simply believed when Jesus told him he was healed. So he just started talking. Probably talked all the way home and talked for hours when he got there. He had a lot of words stored up.
And those in the crowd who were expecting the miracle? They saw it and told others.
That day everyone there saw the same event. But only a few saw the miracle.
And only those few would ever see another.
Miracles are real yet only a few ever see them.
When have you seen a miracle?
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