Be Open

“They brought Him a deaf man who had an impediment of speech . . . He took him aside in private, away from the crowd, and put His fingers into his ears and He spat and touched his tongue. Then looking up to heaven, he sighed and said, ‘Ephphatha,’ this is, ‘ Be opened.’ And immediately his ears were opened and his tongue released and he spoke plainly” (Mark 7:32-34)

Hollywood today can amaze and impress us with never-before-seen special effects and incredible CGI. Street magicians can entertain us by pulling bowling balls out of their pockets or doves out of their gloves. Even athletes can strike awe in us by their amazing feats of blazing speeds, electrifying catches, or dazzling stunts.

But none of these spectacles can match the brilliance of Jesus, the Son of God.

Al Michaels was fairly flippant in 1980 when he considered the US Hockey Team’s victory over the USSR to be a “miracle.” But it was seemingly impossible to dethrone the machine that was USSR Hockey.

Impressive? Yes!

A major upset? Yes!

Inspiring? Yes!

A miracle? Ehh, no, not really.

But Al is a beloved broadcaster and he was in the heat of the moment, so we won’t hold it against him.

But the trouble arises when we ignore and scoff at real miracles. Jesus took a man who could not hear or speak, spat on His fingers, touched the man’s tongue, gazed toward heaven, spoke to God . . . and the man could hear just fine and speak for the first time in his life.

That is a miracle! People say that God doesn’t do miracles anymore.

They are wrong. Miracles happen every day.

A man walks away from a nasty car wreck without serious injury – miracle.

A woman refuses to give into the pressures of life calling for an abortion, and therefore chooses life – miracle.

A teen turns away from drugs and gang violence, and turns instead to Jesus – miracle.

Watch for the miracles in your life and the lives of those around you and you’ll see that God is very much still in the business of miracles.

Amen!

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