We've all had our moments of weakness where we demanded a sign from heaven so that we would believe in God. And we've all found ourselves in the dark, dank circumstance of sin because of our lack of faith. Sometimes, the greatest miracle is a little belief in Jesus, a little belief that turns us from the dark, dank prison of sin, setting us free from the prison of all of our own fallen inclinations.
Maybe the greatest miracle appears as no miracle at all.
Maybe the greatest miracle is in finally perceiving how great a miracle faith really is.
"'Sirs, what must I do to be saved?' And they said, 'Believe in the Lord Jesus and you and your household will be saved.'” Acts 16:22-34
Sometimes gospel faith in Jesus is just like faith in a children's story.
Yet, didn't Jesus desire that we become like children so that we may enter the Kingdom of Heaven? Faith in Jesus Christ, with all the theological intricacies, with all the philosophical trappings, is best illustrated in the words of St. Thomas Aquinas, as he received a mystical vision of the Lord, after years of working on the brilliant, and unparalleled, 'Summa Theologica.' After a heavenly vision of Jesus, St. Thomas said, "...all that I have written seems like straw to me."
My point is not to disparage brilliance. Nor is it to diminish the great gift of theology--'faith seeking understanding.'
My point is that, first, and foremost, we must be children, obedient children.
"Your right hand saves me." Psalm 138:1-3, 7-8
Children, obedient children, have a very simple mindset. Daddy, and Mommy, and Big Brother, are there to save them. They know that they cannot save themselves. This doesn't mean that we should be immature, hopeless, and helpless people. Quite the contrary! What this means is that in all of our adult responsibilities, in all our care for those who cannot care for themselves, we must rely on God, like obedient children, for the grace to do what needs to be done.
For experience proves out that when we fly solo, thinking ourselves self-sufficient, we fall in the dark, dank circumstances where all disobedient children can be found, missing from faith.
"But if I go, I will send him to you." John 16:5-11
So, returning to the origin of this thought, faith in God is the greatest miracle!
Sin, and skepticism, and self-righteousness abound! You see it at every picnic, every family gathering, and, especially, in the mirror. Yet, faith still pervades the world. The question is, will we allow it to pervade us, making us into children of God?
What is your take?