Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Miracles Happen Each and Every Day

When they came to the house of the leader of the synagogue, he saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. When he had entered, he said to them, “Why do you make a commotion and weep? The child is not dead but sleeping.” And they laughed at him. Then he put them all outside, and took the child’s father and mother and those who were with him, and went in where the child was. He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha cum,” which means, “Little girl, get up!” And immediately the girl got up and began to walk about (she was twelve years of age). At this they were overcome with amazement. He strictly ordered them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat. - Mark 5:38-43

Throughout the gospels, Jesus performs miracles. He changes water into wine, calms a raging sea and walks across it. He feeds five thousand people with five loaves and two fish. He heals people who are blind, crippled and who suffer from all kinds of diseases. In Mark chapter five, he even brings a young girl back to life after she had died. The people who witness his miracles are continually amazed. They usually cannot believe what they are seeing.

Jesus still performs miracles each and every day. I experienced one of his miracles when the Sturgeon Area Ministerial Alliance restarted a food pantry in Sturgeon. We received an unbelievable outpouring of support from the community. Thousands of dollars of labor and material were donated by individuals and businesses in the Sturgeon area to get the pantry up and going. Twenty-five to thirty people of all ages turn out twice a month to pack 250+ boxes of food that will feed over 600 people each month.

The most amazing thing about it to me is that none of this was coordinated in advance by anyone. It was as if Jesus was in charge of the whole enterprise and continues to be. All of the donated resources and labor came exactly when we needed them. People who do not even know each other simply show up ready to give and serve and they work together like a finely oiled machine. As I watch it unfold each month I can hardly believe my eyes.

When Jesus restored the young girl back to life in Mark chapter five, he tells those who witnessed the miracle not to share it with anyone. He doesn’t want people to think that it is miracles alone that will save them. Jesus isn’t primarily a miracle worker. He does his miraculous works because he cares deeply about the needs of people. He wants us to experience his presence as we serve those in need. But we are saved not by miracles or by any act of giving or generosity that we do. We are saved by faith in the person of Jesus, the incarnate Son of God, even when miracles do not happen, especially when the miracles do not happen.

I pray that you experience the saving love of Jesus in your life each and every week. Look for ways to help people in need. You will be amazed to discover how easy it is to find yourself right in the middle of an unfolding miracle of God.