Category: Mercy and Grace

Miracles and Wonders Today

If there is a story to be told of the place I have been the last few months, it would be this: I waited for a miracle. I lived in hope and I waited for a miracle. I know I am not the only one.

These days, so many hearts are waiting for miracles and wonders: the miracle of healing. The miracle of new life in a barren womb. The miracle of a broken relationship being restored. The miracle of repentance and renewed faith.

But what if there are no miracles or wonders?

What if there is no healing on earth? What if an apology will never come? What if our loved one never returns to the Lord, to us?

Miracles and Wonders Today

Oswald Chambers writes, “We look for visions from heaven, for earthquakes and thunders of God’s power (the fact that we are dejected proves that we do), and we never dream that all the time God is in the commonplace things and people around us.”

What if the miracle and wonder has always been about what is done in our hearts, in the midst of the messy and the mundane?

The countless times that I have been on my knees in prayer, my heart pleading desperately — for hope in a hopeless season, for a forgiving heart, for repentance or restoration, for a new chance or a new beginning. And yet, the miracle has always been right there — my heart turning to the Lord of all in faith.

And suddenly, a woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years came from behind and touched the hem of His garment. For she said to herself, “If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well.” But Jesus turned around, and when He saw her He said, “Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well. And the woman was made well from that hour.” (Matthew 9:20-22)

This woman, she was in a desperate condition and she had been for twelve years already. She was considered unclean, an outcast in her brokenness. If she were to touch Jesus, she would be condemned — and this is why she decided to touch the hem of His garment, to approach Jesus secretly. She did not openly ask Jesus to heal her; but her faith was sure that He would heal her just the same.

There are many things to this woman’s faith that are not necessarily right, starting from her superstitious belief that touching the garment of Jesus would heal her. Yet her faith, though not perfect, was enough for her to receive from Jesus what she wanted. She was made well.

I think of the ten lepers who Jesus cleansed, and yet only one of them returned to give glory to God. To him, Jesus said: your faith has made you well. These ten lepers, they all walked away with healed bodies but the one leper who returned to Jesus to glorify God — his heart was healed as well. Is that not always the greatest miracle in this world, when our brokenness is met and His great love heals us.

So Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” And He said to him, “Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well.” (Luke 17:17-19)

What if the miracle and wonder has always been about what is done in our hearts? What if the miracle right here, right in this moment — is found in our praise, in the echoes of faith lingering in our hearts in the moments of despair and darkness? 

The miracles we are waiting for? They might never come while we are here on Earth. That is for the Lord to purpose and plan. All is in His hands, and all is in His timing.

Our faith is imperfect at best; our weaknesses are many and they abound. Yet we live in a land of hope: the light of grace shines bright and we are close to His heart of mercy. Our hearts are changed, from glory to glory as we bring praise to the One who holds our hearts.

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to you who are tired of trying

There is no need to try so hard, to be perfect and to get it all right. The Lord is calling you to come to Him and find rest for your soul. Tell Him of your hurts and hardships, tell Him of your weakness and failures and difficult days. He will never turn away; He will never reject you. He is here, willing to heal you and bind you up. He is here, waiting for you to let go of the weight of this life and turn to Him. He is here. He is love.

You Still Matter

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Dear one — I hear the fears running through your mind, I feel the iron grip that your strongholds have on you. It hurts, beloved. It hurts so much, I know. Those words, they cut so deep and the wound just does not heal. That person having left and gone, it hurts and your soul echoes with the condemnation that you could have done something more. This silence, it shouts that you are not worthy and you cannot help but agree.

But that is not the truth, beloved.

Your spouse walking away? Your friend telling you she no longer wants to be in contact with you? Your child leaving with all that bent anger, walking away from you and the Lord? Your parent telling you once again that you are not enough, that you will never be enough? Your sibling refusing to talk to you at all, to take your calls? Your church family wounding you every time you go to church?

“In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 1:6-7)

That is not the truth, beloved. You are not what these people, what these circumstances deem you to be. Though it feels real, it is not the reality. Because you matter. Oh beloved, you still matter. You are still loved.

I know this moment, these circumstances do not leave you feeling like you are loved, by anyone at all. It feels like you do not matter anymore. But that is not the truth, my friend. You are loved by a good Father, One who gave His everything to save your heart. You are loved by the God With Us, by Him who knows your heart inside out and decides to stay. You are loved by the Almighty God, who parts the Red Sea to make a way where there is no way.

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10)

This is not the end, beloved. You are loved. You are a chosen vessel of God. You are being refined for now, for a glorious purpose coming along the way as you bring glory to God. You are His masterpiece, beautifully and wonderfully made, and your story is being written like the great poem it is. The Lord is not done with you yet, He is creating beauty out of ashes and it will all become something glorious.

And I know, it is not easy to leave these things behind, to let go of all this that feels so real because the pain is real, because the hurt is written in the scars of your heart and because you carry the weight of it all on your shoulders. But in this moment, for this small period of time — let these words of truth be engraved on your heart: you still matter. You are loved. You belong. You have been chosen.

“Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.” (Ephesians 2:19-22)

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You Are Already More Than Enough

My friend, you are a beloved child of God. You are so loved. You are loved by your Maker, who has woven together the strings of your soul and He has made you beautiful, just as you are. He is bigger than any storm you are facing right now, bigger than any mountain in front of you. His heart is breaking alongside your heart. He is not disappointed in you. He is never disappointed in you. He knows the things you have done, the things you did not say and the things that went just plain wrong — and it is okay.

That is why He sent His beloved Son, bending down from Heaven to meet with us here, right where we are.