Theme for December: God’s character
“God is the miracle worker,” my Ghana Christian sister proclaims. A few days ago, I was with a group of women. We were all sharing how God was working in our lives. One woman shared an especially impossible situation. Humanly speaking, things looks pretty bleak. Only God, the one who has no limits to his power, can resolve her issue.
My daughter was able to see the God of miracles show up in a powerful way on the 16th Street Mall in downtown Denver. She a few other teens join other youth from two separate ministries, Figs and YWAM (Youth with a Mission), to worship and serve the homeless folks on Friday nights.
Over the weeks, one young adult developed a relationship with a homeless woman who was deaf in one ear. Hearing in her good ear was beginning to be impaired, as well. The young street missionary, moved by the Holy Spirit, placed her hands on the woman’s ears and petitioned God for healing. It was a little freaky for both the young adult and the woman. Heat ran through her palms. The woman began to cry out, her ears were popping, she was frightened. “I can hear!” she exclaimed. Her hearing was restored, right then and there!
Trusting in an all powerful God can produce some unexpected results.The young woman was a bit hesitant to pray, “What if God doesn’t choose to heal her and I’ve prayed? Will that result in a discouragement for the woman and embarrassment for me?”As believers, we have good intentions, we don’t want God too look bad. But he’s got it. He can manage his reputation all on his own.
I told my friend going through her seemingly hopeless struggle this story. Although the waiting is still very painful, she feels encouraged. She serves a God who loves to show off in the impossible and the improbable. We worship an out of the box God. There is hope.
Parenting Tip: Encourage your kids to step out in faith and trust the Miracle Worker to deal with the circumstances as he sees fit. Be willing to be a “fool” for God.
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About the Author
Lori Wildenberg is a licensed parent and family educator, parent coach, and co-founder of 1Corinthians13 Parenting.com. She has written 6 books including Messy Journey: How Grace and Truth Offer the Prodigal a Way Home; The Messy Life of Parenting: Powerful and Practical Ways to Strengthen Family Connections; and her most recent book, Messy Hope: Help Your Child Overcome Anxiety, Depression, or Suicidal Ideation. Contact Lori for your next event or for parent consulting or parent training courses. Lori can also be found mentoring over at the MOMS Together Group on Facebook.