Column: Theology in the Trenches: By Kathleen Kjolhaug
My last three columns were about Mary’s Miracle. When I first interviewed Mary, I’d just finished this column the night before not knowing anything about her story. Yes, miracles truly do abound and I was able to gift back to her the very words you are about to read. To God be the glory great things God is doing.
Miracles are all around…they abound. In steadfast love they rise because the Lord has risen. In bodily form the Lord is no longer here yet His Holy Spirit is. It was poured out upon us once He left this earth; He dwells within.
In Ez. 40:4 it says, “The man said to me, ‘Son of man, see with your eyes, hear with your ears, and give attention to all that I am going to show you; for you have been brought here in order to show it to you. Declare to the house of Israel all that you see.’” Ezekiel saw and declared.
Others followed and wrote down what they heard and saw. We still have those writings which help us to see. I like what Matthew mentions in 11:17. “As these men were going away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John, ‘What did you go out into the wilderness to see?’”
And Mark 5:14, “Their herdsmen ran away and reported it in the city and in the country. And the people came to see what it was that had happened.”
These passages point out that Jesus did speak and through His Word He continues to do so.
As mercy and compassion are always in fashion, you just can’t go wrong trying to listen to what it is He is saying. We need not fear what we hear.
I happen to like His neverending communication because it helps me remember that “His love endures forever” (Ps. 136:1). It is steadfast as Christ holds fast. The fact that His grace abounds is a miraculous component because when His mercy and grace show up, it sheds light on the marvelous character of God…drawing us nigh.
His grace on display is miraculous and when you acknowledge it as such, He gets the glory.
You need only look, and you will see. He is constantly trying to communicate with us giving us glimpses of Himself. The miracle that He, the holy and mighty God of the universe would even try to communicate with a sinner such as I, is the biggest miracle of all. The miracle that He forgives 70×7 and beyond is just plain jaw dropping, and the fact that when I fall short He continues to forgive as I confess…keeps the miracle of grace alive. And the best part is…it truly is open “to all who call upon the name of the Lord” (Rom.10:13).
So how do we respond when we receive the miracle of grace? I believe that whenwe see, hear about it, or personally experience it, we need merely lift up our eyes to the Lord and give thanks. I believe we need acknowledge from where our help comes from. And…when we know and make it known that all is from the Maker of heaven and earth, I believe it just tickles His heart. (Ps. 121:1-2)
Enjoy the process as you not only look and see, but “taste and see the goodness of the Lord” (Ps. 34:8). Amen.
Kathleen Kjolhaug is a columnist and can be reached at theologyinthetrenches.blogspot.com.