Have you ever seen a miracle or have second-hand knowledge of a miracle involving someone you know?
I’ve prayed with and for people who claimed a dire medical prognosis only to be given a completely clean bill of health – sometimes before any medical procedure was performed. I’ve had the privilege of being a prayer partner in similar situations involving jobs, relationships, and even finances.
I’ve also seen some spectacular things, first-hand that I am sure are miracles, but I’m reluctant to proclaim them, because, frankly, I’m afraid of what people will think. But, I have also experienced other less-spectacular moments that I don’t mind sharing. I’ve literally had a knock on the door, or received an email, or received a phone call, or found an envelope in the mailbox, moments after praying for God’s intervention, which seemed like blatantly obvious “show off” moments for God.
These things add so much to my faith – faith in a God who is alive and still creative, still involved in His creation. I think these things contribute to my relatively optimistic outlook on things. I rarely worry, and I rarely get stressed emotionally.
One side-effect of being a witness to God’s power and intercession is that I am often perplexed by the hopelessness I see around me. I sometimes cry towards Heaven, and ask God why He just doesn’t make himself visible to those without hope. If only they could see what I’ve seen.
But since they could see the man who had been healed standing there with them, there was nothing they could say.
This had to be nerve-racking and quite frustrating for those who sought to discredit what Jesus had accomplished and was still accomplishing in people’s lives. With the visible fruit of Jesus’ healing power standing right in front of them, what could they say? What could they possibly do to hide this or explain it away? They could try (again) to defame the people involved, but they knew that would not last.
Sometimes my heart cries out for such a visible miracle to be witnessed by a mass of people. I want to see that power displayed before people of our modern age. But then, reality sets in: with illusionists like David Blaine able to make the impossible appear before people’s eyes, and with the incredible advances in visual effects technology, nothing God does will quell the doubt in those who don’t want to believe. After all, those detractors in Acts were not convinced. But still, I’m sure there were some, who were ready to believe, who were pushed along towards being convinced.
Perhaps miracles are really for the believer first – so their faith, already rooted and established in Christ’s love, would bloom and flourish. Through the resulting invigoration, we can pursue His work to the ends of the earth. Strangely, once I decided to follow Him, when looking back, I began to see the miracles He had already accomplished in my life.