Look! God is Doing Miracles All Around You!
Two days ago we came home from vacation I found our front door left unlocked. (The girl who cared for our cats forgot to lock it.) A wave of fear hit.
Then I got really scared when I heard a phone message from the local police urging us to be careful because there had been robberies on our street! I scurried around the house to check our valuables. Everything was in place!
I exclaimed to Kristi, “Thank you Lord! We have angels watching over our house!”
But often we don’t notice God’s blessings.
Lord, Open Our Eyes!
There’s an old, Jewish Sabbath prayer that can help to wake us up: “Days pass, years vanish, and we walk sightless among miracles.”
It’s like the Psalmist praying, “Awake, my soul!” (Psalm 57:8)
It’s like the blind man crying out, “Jesus… have mercy!” (Luke 18:38)
It’s responding to Jesus’ invitation, “Come to me… and you will find rest for your souls… For my yoke is easy…” (Matthew 11:28-30).
Imagine Jesus touching your eyes so you’re not sightless among miracles… Imagine him smiling at you and embracing you warmly as you melt in his arms of love…
Resting in God
We’re resting in God. Yes, “There remains a sabbath rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his. Make every effort to enter that rest” (Hebrews 4:9-11).
Taking time to rest. Whether it’s on a Sabbath day or vacation, rest puts us in position for God to open our eyes.
I’ve been “working at resting” for many years. I’m a workaholic by nature so it’s been a process! My body wants to keep moving and working. My mind wants to keep thinking and solving problems. It can weigh me down with stress and negativity.
A Positive Attitude
One of the blessings that’s come from resting in God’s loving presence is an increasingly positive attitude. Often I find myself saying to myself or others, “God is doing wonderful things all around us! We haven’t yet seen many of them, but we will!”
This is how we see miracles!
It’s how we appreciate God’s works of grace. “Little things” like flowers or laughing with a friend. Big things like unexpected provision for your child or an answered prayer for healing. Or protection from a burglar on the prowl!
Thank you Lord. You’re doing wonderful things — even now! Help us not to be sightless among miracles. Help us to see. Bless us to be a blessing to others.
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