Friday, April 17, 2009

signs and wonders

is the miraculous really done in today's modern world? if you believe, as i do, then are you seeing the miraculous? does all of this "power of Christ, in the world but not of the world" have any substance? or do we just need to concentrate on doing good for fellow humans for the sake of ... for both our sakes?

i've got to be honest, i don't get to see the blind seeing and the lame walking because they believed it could happen and then it did. does that mean that God isn't working though?
is God silent? the Bible does talk about some times when God has been silent, but is this one of those times? one of those eras?
i don't see those things ... but i do see God. i see him in the reaction of someone that i'm trying to help find work. i see him in my wife's face when i tell her i love her and thank her for all the things she does to help me along my journey (i should do that more though). i see it in the smile of someone on the bus as they return my own smile right back at me.
none of that stuff is miraculous and yet they all are.
God is not silent. God can be found. take heart. He hears you. He knows you. there's more for you.
i'm still praying for the miraculous to happen though. i can be pretty obtuse and need to be hit over the head with the obvious.
break in to me Lord. show your signs and i'll try to stay perennially in wonder.


matthew said...

I think this is a very interesting subject. You're right to point out that even in the Bible miracles occurred in clusters (Exodus, Elijah/Elisha, Gospels/Acts). I think God does miracles in clusters at significant times and in significant places. Perhaps this is why we hear more about miracles on the mission field than we do here in North America where the truth has been known for a long time. Miracles are signs to get people to hear the message of truth.

I also think our western skepticism has a lot to do with it. Just like Jesus' doubters, we won't be given miraculous signs b/c we don't, as a whole, have an open heart for them.

shallowfrozenwater said...

thx for reading Matthew.
i was discussing this sort of thing with a member of our community yesterday and he pointed to our readings in the liturgy for this week and mentioned Thomas' doubt. he stated to me that "well, Jesus loved Thomas too" and that was a blessing to me.

blessed are those who have not seen and still believe.

shallowfrozenwater said...

i want to add something here. on the night that my friend Craig started to discuss the idea of signs and wonders i had been praying for a long time about many different things but one of the things was for a job for my friend Haroona. i saw Haroona before i went into that meeting but only waved to him from afar. as we discussed this matter in our meeting i got the distinct impression that God was telling me that Haroona is my sign, my sign that God was still on the job and doing his thing. i didn't have the strength to step out in faith and announce that to everyone that night but i do now ... after the fact. Haroona got a great job this week and it's a huge answer to prayer.
blessings on you my brother Haroona and on your family as well. Thank you Abba Father for your concern for us and for answered prayer.