Daily Archives: April 11, 2014

1Samuel 7-9; Luke 13:1-21

The past couple of months, my husband and I have born witness to a slowly unfolding miracle in our lives.  Years of secrecy and shame surrounding the circumstances of his birth have fallen away. His birth parents went to their graves telling no one including their children about Jim’s existence. By God’s loving hand, the truth came out and Jim has met and been embraced by his siblings and supported by his adoptive sister.

Last weekend, we all met: brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. It was a time of celebration and of learning what it means to become a family at this late stage in the game. The prayers of brothers and sisters struggling to find answers were heard and restoration is taking place.  God in his kindness, has offered us this gift we consider to be a miracle.

This all brings me back to the synagogue ruler responding to Jesus healing the crippled woman on the Sabbath.  There is a connection and it has to do with the beauty of God at work.  Why would I ever seek to control or schedule when God is allowed to intervene in life?  Why would I try to confine Him to working only on certain days of the week or insist that He work according to my  guidelines?  It’s laughable and yet, there have been times when I am just like the synagogue ruler.

I have tried to tell God when and how He can act. I have been guilty of trying to tell Him what parts of my life He can access and what parts are off limits. I have wanted a god that I can control and fashion according to my liking.  The funny thing is that god is a small petty idol incapable of surprising me with the holy goodness and wild beauty that longs to breathe life into dark, forbidden places.

I am thankful that God’s love for me and those I care for is far stronger than my small ideas of who I think He should be. His beauty is far greater than what I can imagine, but I am thankful that He patiently gives me glimpses into who He is and what He wants to do. I am thankful that God refuses to be put in a box and does far more than I can possibly dream of or imagine. My his glory rule.





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