Miracles on the Mind

Jesus Heals an Official’s Son

43 After the two days he left for Galilee. 44 (Now Jesus himself had pointed out that a prophet has no honor in his own country.) 45 When he arrived in Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him. They had seen all that he had done in Jerusalem at the Passover Festival, for they also had been there.

46 Once more he visited Cana in Galilee, where he had turned the water into wine. And there was a certain royal official whose son lay sick at Capernaum. 47 When this man heard that Jesus had arrived in Galilee from Judea, he went to him and begged him to come and heal his son, who was close to death.

48 “Unless you people see signs and wonders,” Jesus told him, “you will never believe.”

49 The royal official said, “Sir, come down before my child dies.”

50 “Go,” Jesus replied, “your son will live.”

The man took Jesus at his word and departed. 51 While he was still on the way, his servants met him with the news that his boy was living. 52 When he inquired as to the time when his son got better, they said to him, “Yesterday, at one in the afternoon, the fever left him.”

53 Then the father realized that this was the exact time at which Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live.” So he and his whole household believed.

54 This was the second sign Jesus performed after coming from Judea to Galilee.-John 4:43-54 (Bible Gateway, NIV)

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This was a miracle Jesus performed after He had been performing miracles. The first recorded was water into wine at a wedding and these people knew all about it. Some of them were even at that wedding. They had seen Jesus, they knew what He was capable of and yet when it came time for personal belief in Him, there was doubt and even panic. I think that’s why Jesus (may have) took a tone with the distraught man who’s son was very ill. I’m far from being a biblical scholar, so this is only my opinion but maybe he and Jesus already knew each other in some sense. Maybe they had seen each other at that wedding when the best wine was suddenly brought out last. He had seen Jesus in the flesh and not believed.

“Unless you people see signs and wonders,” Jesus told him, “you will never believe.”-John 4:48

The man got his miracle just as Jesus said he would but he left carrying disappointment from the Lord. What a feeling that must have been. What a weight to carry. Then he got word that his son was alive and well. What’s more, he found out at the exact moment Christ spoke his healing into existence; “your son will live,” is when the child’s fever broke. The proof was there the whole time but that man struggled to believe. I don’t want to be that man. I want miracles of course, but do I want them with so much doubt present in my heart and mind that it saddens the Miracle Maker? I don’t think so. I think I want to believe.

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It’s always amazing to see the gospel appear in real life and in my experience, when you’re heavenly minded it’s hard to miss. I’m at a point now where I’m more comfortable living a life of miracles than I’ve ever been. Lately, it’s been less about lying to myself in the dark and more about preaching to myself in the light. Do y’all preach to yourselves? Seriously, it helps. We preach to ourselves anyway. We rehearse and rehearse our own internal narratives formulated through our biased opinions. Why not rehearse the gospel? Why not rehearse our biblical identity? Why not tell ourselves the truth? If you do, fantastic. Now do it more often. As I write this I am yet again preaching to myself. It’s been a refreshing season for me. I’d been on the hunt for connection and I found it in different places than I expected. I asked for one thing, received another, and it was good. It was pretty much right in front of me, I just hadn’t embraced it yet. What a waste it is to not embrace the goodness that we have. One example would be months ago when I asked a friend to set me up with someone because I was really feeling like a drink and a man that day. What I got was Jesus and tacos at a bible study with a group of women that have embraced me ever since. I didn’t expect to find that. I didn’t expect to fit in with females when I find it easier to socialize with men but I accepted their offer and I’m so glad I did. I will take the community over an awkward first date any day. Also, who knows where these multiple connections I’ve formed are going to lead? I’m unsure but I’m sitting excitedly in the realm of possibility.

What a waste it is to not embrace the goodness that we have.-Genevieve Rose

Another place I found unexpected connection and value, was in one that I’ve been a part of for years now. My gym is kind of like my second family. It’s been like that since August of 2017. The coaches and the people I do Crossfit with have embraced me even though that’s not required. Many miracles have come out of that place for me but the ones I smile about randomly are the relationships I’ve formed. Relationships that have only increased in strength. I have met people there that see me as a person, they make me feel not only welcomed but also, wanted. It may not be as intense as curing someone from the brink of death but when I walk into the gym and someone greets me with a smile and then actually listens to my answer when they ask how I am, that warms my heart. Kindness is a miracle to me. This past weekend we had our annual in-house competition. Last year I was a competitor and this year I was a judge. I’ve been involved for the past three years and each time it’s an interesting experience. Dozens of crossfitters are together all day, competitors and spectators and it’s so much fun. I loved the side conversations I had with people I know well as much as the ones I had with people I didn’t know at all in between heats. I loved watching everyone do their best. I also loved when the hype ended and all of us went out for drinks after. It was a pleasure talking to those I shared a table with and smiling at others across the room. As I had a burger and a Moscow Mule to settle my stomach that had only been fueled with caffeine, I felt bad for the restaurant that forty of us had poured in faster than the beer on tap. They handled the rush with grace and I had a refreshingly good time.

Kindness is a miracle to me.-Genevieve Rose

Those are two places, two communities through which I have seen the miracles Jesus works in my own life. Most people would not call being in a weekly bible study and hanging out with gym rats miracles, but to me they are. Love is there and I believe love is the most important and when you believe, when you castaway doubt, miracles are what you see, even in a crowded bar on a Sunday afternoon.

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