The power of a miracle
Acts 4 tells the story of Peter and John facing a doubting Council. These priests and some Sadducees, unbelieving men, were “very disturbed that Peter and John were teaching the people that through Jesus there was resurrection of the dead.”
They could see that Peter and John were untrained in the Scriptures. The problem was a miracle had happened, and a man lame for 40 years could now walk! But since they could see the man who had been healed standing right there among them, there was nothing the council could say.
Recently I was in a circle of new friends who’d just spent the week studying suffering. I came expecting to hear some stories from people who were in the bleak pit of darkness. And that would have been okay.
God promises suffering will happen, and sharing it with others is one of His pathways to healing. But this group had another theme going.
It was a night of miracle-telling.
In calm, reflective voices, we heard about healing from cancer, babies being born despite enormous medical challenges, and hope rising out of devastating circumstances. I had the feeling the stories could have continued for hours.
In one uncommon moment of pause, I caught a glimpse of the awe we might one day experience in heaven as we hear such stories told for eternity.
That once lame man certainly had a story to tell. I’m guessing he told it over and over again – probably for the rest of his life -- to all who would listen. It’s hard to be silent when God has touched you.
A year after my husband left for heaven, I was preparing to share at a women’s event when Isaiah, my then four-year-old grandson, entered the room and asked what I was writing about.
I told him that I was going to be telling some ladies about Jesus tomorrow and how much He loves them. He asked, “Are you going to tell them that even though Bampa went to heaven, you are not alone?”
That’s the power of a miracle, Lord. Seen by the innocent child, and the unbeliever rendered speechless. Your amazing grace needs no fluff. It simply needs the witness of the healed … standing.
Pull up a chair and sit still
Do you also have a miracle story to tell? Perhaps as big as a physical healing, but more likely in the midst of simply walking through the hard of life, you paused and realized the hand of God had done something for you that was not humanly possible.
Don’t keep it quiet. Share it with us in the comment section below. Someone might be needing to hear your miracle.