Today, I celebrate a 13 year old miracle. Thirteen years ago, my brother and his wife brought into the world their twin boys, they were 23 weeks old. Most babies don't survive, due to complications, but these two did. They were born at 1 lb. 11 oz. and 15 oz. Gordon was one of the smallest babies on record in our home town. At the time, neither my brother or sister were Christians. My sister-in-law had been going to a church but it didn't really teach about Christ and my brother just didn't believe. After the boys were born, they spent a lot of time in the hospital. They coded many times and there was even a moment when my family looked at planning a funeral for Gordon. On bended knee, I prayed with both of them. I was brave that day, asking for permission to pray for their tiny boys, and that bravery paid off. Both survived, my sister-in-law was saved and eventually, so was my brother.
Their journey was far from easy. And even today, although both healthy, Gordon suffers from Cerebral Palsy. It doesn't stop him and I know that someday God will use him in a mighty way. But for now, there are challenges. But as I believed and prayed I knew that no matter how great the challenges, we must have faith that God is present.
March 11th is a reminder to me that anything is possible with Jesus Christ. Most doctors would have written them off for dead and most would have given up hope that my brother would be saved. If that event didn't do it, what would? The problem with all of us is that we spend most of our time second guessing God's motives. He didn't ask us to question His authority; He asked us to walk with Him. We think too much about what the next step looks like instead of risking it and believing. God is the only one that knows the future. He is the only one that can predict your every move. He's the one with the answers, including your destiny and your purpose. Why must we always question him? Especially, when our circumstances are not exactly the way we want them to be. Unfortunately, that's just part of our sinful nature. We want to know before He is willing to reveal. But like most miracles, the wait is worth it.
If you know someone today that doesn't believe in miracles, pray that they receive one. The days of multiplying bread are still with us. God will show himself in all ways. Otherwise, we wouldn't see people being healed, housing provided for the homeless, food to the needy, and care for the sick. God is still working His miracles, they just might not be as incredible as parting the Red Sea. But if you were starving or dying of Aids, a care package from the US would look like a miracle.
I will always believe in miracles. All we have to do is look around at the sky, the trees, the birds, and every living thing to know that God is present in today and it's His beauty and power arising.
1 Corinthians 12: 4-11 NKJV:
There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.
Each one of us has been blessed with the gifts of the Spirit. They represent the fruit of the Spirit and miracles are mentioned. Therefore, as it is written; it shall be.
My prayer today:
God please come before us and help us to understand our gifts. You say in Scripture that some will work miracles. I pray that miracles will continue and that Your beauty will be shown in every land. We are all your people, seeking a God that is the same from generation to generation. We ask forgiveness for our need to know the future, and ask that You would help us live for today and to walk with You as You provide our path. Give us eyes to see the miracles around us and a heart that is for You only. We want to believe and make You our priority. This generation needs to see You in all things and especially Lord; we want to believe in miracles. Please reveal Yourself in our lives today and help us to make You known. AMEN