I often wonder why we are amazed at the glory and goodness of God. I know that most do not consider daily life a miracle; however, miracles are all around us in everything we see. I often have looked at my own hands and am amazed to see how complex the mechanics are in the hand. The muscles, bone, sinew, blood and skin how it all works together to allow you to grasp something, to hold something, to touch something. How amazing that we feel something through the hand, the warm embrace, the handshake or the caress.
Miracles happen every day, with the birth of a human being, with the mechanics of sex with the romance of one individual with the other. I have looked at my own child and am in awe that I had a small part in his creation. He is literally a part of me. But, yet we should not be amazed when we see miracles. God promises us everything. He gives us His love, His grace and His favor. He provides all our needs and hears us when we pray. I know that many people wonder where God is when they pray for someone who’s dying, or pray for safety and still death and accidents happen, but I know that in my experience, that usually God’s glory and grace is fulfilled after the fact. If we are patient enough to see the glory shining through, we would see that everything happens for a reason. Can I explain it? No, I am not God and I do not have His mind.
It reminds me of the myrrh-bearing women who went to the tomb to take care of the body of Jesus, and when they entered the tomb, they instead saw an angel sitting there. And, twice in the section it uses the word amazed. The Gospel of Mark says: And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe; and they were amazed. And he said to them, "Do not be amazed; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen, he is not here; see the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him, as he told you." And they went out and fled from the tomb; for trembling and astonishment had come upon them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.
The first the question I have is: Why were they amazed? Jesus had performed so many miracles and He had been with them for a number of years. He promised them that He would rise up from the dead—everything He had ever said happened, but still they were amazed. Okay, okay, I know that I would have probably done the same thing if I were them, but still knowing what I know now, I wonder why they were amazed. I look everyday for blessings. The simple fact that I wake up every morning and have food, a roof over my head, a wonderful wife, family and friends that love me—that is a blessing and is actually quite amazing. God takes care of me daily and still I fear and doubt.
The second part of the Gospel that strikes me is the part where they leave the tomb trembling and astonished. They saw the miracle and yet they were afraid. I know every time I see a miracle in my life I say things like: Wow, I can’t believe it! What a miracle that we have made it!I was getting ready to throw in the towel with this or that and God made the impossible way possible! It is God’s good grace and His great joy to shower His servants with blessings. He wants to take care of His people and give them favor. Yes, death, pain and suffering happen every day—even to good people, but I know that it all happens for some reason. Can I answer the question: why? No, I cannot. As I said before, I do not have the mind of God, nor do I have His insights or thinking. All of those things are different—all of the aspects of God’s mind is far beyond my thinking or mental capacity.
We should not be amazed when we see miracles happening. We should expect miracles and we should expect grace. We should expect God’s favor—why?—because He promised us those things. He gave us everything in His power that He could. He gave us His own son to ransom us from the power of Satan. Before the crucifixion we were in deep trouble. Hell was on earth and there was no end in sight. Death was the end of all things. God was an untouchable and intangible entity that people feared. He was someone that was out there, not within us.
The miracle of the cross was that He brought us, His creation and Him back into unity. Jesus came to earth, man and God became one. He died on the cross—the fragility of human nature was secured with the incorruptible grace of salvation. He rose again, conquering death forever. The only hold Satan had over us was crushed. Then He went back to His Father and sent us the Holy Spirit. At creation, God gave us His breath of life, at Pentecost God gave us His Spirit—we finally became whole, we were finally complete—as complete as we can be on this earth.
When will we be complete? Not until Christ returns and we go home. Until then we have the breath and the Spirit of God dwelling in us. He has given us everything, and withheld nothing. His grace has filled us with his own Spirit—which we all have. We have the freewill to do with our lives what we want. We can choose to serve God, to trust in Him, and to live our lives according to the best way possible—as Christians, but as true Christians—the self-sacrificing-willing-to-die-for-others type of Christian that love everyone including his enemy.
It is true, that type of Christian is hard to become—nearly impossible if you ask me in my humble opinion. Is it possible? Yes, it is. Will anyone attain this perfect love here on earth—I would say no—not as long as there is an unrelenting enemy about! He watches us, he stalks us, he studies us, he waits for small mistakes and then he pounces on us. He is called the roaming lion for a reason. But the lion’s teeth were broken on the day of the resurrection. Yet another miracle!
We need to look about us for those miracles. That old saying, Take the time to smell the roses, is a powerful statement. Do we take the time to thank God for the daily, little blessings in our lives? The fact that we get on the highway and make it home alive is a blessing. The fact that we have food on our table when so many are starving is a miracle. Small miracles happen we just need to look for them.