It happened again. One study in scripture coincided with another later in the day. This seems to be happening with more and more regularity. I can’t ignore the fact this must be from God any longer. A brief explanation about how I study the bible: haphazardly would probably be an accurate way of describing my study skills. I do read a devotional every morning and a passage out of my chronological bible, that is my standard. After that, the depth of the study the rest of the day varies from fanatic to frazzled, but (almost) every day ends with “Jesus is Calling” by Sarah Young. To quote that old adage, “A day hemmed in prayer rarely comes unraveled”; holds true for bible for study as well. The more you put into study of the word the more you experience the peace of the presence of the spirit.
A seventeen-hour car ride allowed me to catch up on a bit of reading. Had I not had to drive half the way and put up with conversation, I think I would have finished the book. I actually did like talking with my husband and youngest child, but once I really got into the meat of the book, I was completely oblivious to the world around me.
I was given the book at a bible study I attend a few weeks ago and have been too busy to read it until now. Wow, I wish I wouldn’t have waited this long. It is fascinating. It is about the gifts of the Spirit especially healing. I was skeptical. The heated discussion my husband and I had about the ramifications and realities of healing in the church today actually caused my son to glance up away from the DVD screen and take off his earphones. For a brief minute or two, I was torn between believing what I had just read (and verified in scripture), and believing what my husband had talked about for years.
Let me make clear that one book didn’t change my mind. I have been slowly drawn to the more visible acts of the spirit for some time. The thing that somewhat sealed the deal for me that day was my devotional I read that evening. It talked about healing, specifically! What are odds? Very great when God is charge!
Now is the hard part, now I have to put action behind my beliefs. What good does it do to be convicted in the spirit and then do nothing? But where do I begin? I think the most important thing is to be open to the possibility of the miraculous in the middle of the mundane. I don’t know if the opportunity to perform the acts of the spirit will ever present itself, but at least I have been equipping myself for the possibility. I think that is half the battle. So many people want to do something great, but never put in the work necessary to accomplish that goal.
It is with a strong sense of expectation and excitement that I face what today has to bring. I don’t know what’s in store, but I do know God does. Maybe I will never be called upon to work in that area. Maybe the laying on of hands will never happen through me. Maybe the best way I can help others is through talking, not touching. But whatever God wants from me, I want to be available. And I think that is key!
I am a Christian, a wife, a mom, and a part-time basket case who wants to be a full time writer.