I'm a sucker for a good story. I love stories of the underdog coming from behind to win the game. The stories of the humble triumph and then arrogant put to shame. Stories of the captive finding freedom. Of the unexpected provision. Of door opened. In short, I love miracles, where what seems impossible happens.
In my life I have seen God work in hopeless situations. He has busted wide opportunities I was told I was crazy to believe in. I have seen the, "it's just not possible" become possible. But what happens in the days, weeks and months following these miracles? I am sad to say that my life tends goes back to normal. And the praise for the miracle dwindles. And if I am completely honest, often I am not aware of the miracle happening right before my eyes.
We read in Psalm 78:5-7, "He established a testimony in Jacob and set up a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers to teach to their children so that a future generation-children yet to be born-might know. They were to rise and tell their children so that they might put their confidence in God and not forget God's works but keep his commands."
Could it be then, with this verse in mind, that God continues to do good works and amazing miracles so that I will speak of him to the next generations? When I tell my children of what he has done their hearts are being primed for relationship with him. When I speak of what he has done it opens an opportunity for my children to put their hope and confidence in God. And in turn strengthens my own faith as I remember his goodness.
As I reflected on these verses and its implications in my life, several questions came to mind that challenged me to take a deeper look into the messages of miracles I am sharing. Do I remember? Do I speak of the goodness that He has brought about in my life? Do I tell the tale of the doors he opened, doors he shut, the path he made straight for me? Or do I let His good works go unnoticed, unrehearsed and left in the shadows of the past?
If you, like me, have been a part of the Christian faith for a long time, it's easy to become forgetful of what God has done, and then wander. We wander in search of something "better" or different when we have everything we need in God.
As you go about your week, I hope you take time to reflect on these verses and consider that works that God has orchestrated in your life on your behalf and for your good. Will you remember stories of miracles that were passed down to you from ancestors? Will you remember miracles you have seen and experienced for yourself? Will you recount God's miracles to the next generation? Will you recognize that your accounting of his works is like a road map, pointing the way to God?