This Easter season as we “Come to the Garden” together, let us not forget that the tomb is empty! The God of miracles is still alive and able to do more in us than we could even imagine. His plans for us are good, and his thoughts about us are loving.
Growing up, I heard inexplicable testimonies from missionaries about God performing miracles. I was awed by these stories, but it was really hard to truly believe that God was a healer when I struggled with bipolar depression. I desperately wanted to know God as all-powerful and intimately personal as described in the Bible, but I wasn’t experiencing that in my relationship with Him.
I have to imagine that pain and frustration is how Mary Magdalene felt when she went to the tomb having just lost her friend Jesus. She stood in the presence of the living God and was unaware of His nearness. It wasn’t until He said her name, “Jesus said to her, ‘Mary’” ( John 20:16), that she recognized Him for who He truly was: “I have seen the Lord!” (John 20:18). This is the sweetness of the gospel: He calls us by name.
In college, I expressed my doubts, frustrations, and desire for more wisdom from God to my roommate. Through her encouragement, I took a blind step of faith to take Jesus at His Word and invite Him to show Himself to me personally.
Later in chapter 20, we see that Jesus responds to the subdued doubts of Thomas by saying that those who believe in Him without ever seeing Him will be even more blessed than Thomas, who was able to stand face to face with Jesus. You do not have to witness a miracle to believe in Jesus. He in Himself is the greatest miracle we will ever encounter.
A few years later, I had the privilege of witnessing God perform miraculous healings of the blind and lame with my own eyes. Their healing prompted their decisions to accept salvation, as they felt God the Father see them and call them by name. After the wonders I have seen, I can never again deny the power of God.
Do you need a miracle today? Do you need a deposit of His love? Go to the Word of God and fill yourself with the truth. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever!
In His Grace,
Brynne Gluch and the Help Club for Moms Team