I was attempting to organize my closet when I found this book written by Hement Mehta, "the ebay atheist" who auctioned off the opportunity for the winning bidder to send him to church. His "host" sent him to several different churches. The results were chronicled in the book. I found his observations interesting because they revealed how the church can sometimes come across to unbelievers. In the final chapter he asks himself the question: "Is there anything that would convince me I'm wrong about God? I can think of one thing, a miracle. If I witnessed a miracle, that would do it." He defines a miracle as an occurrence that has no other possible natural explanation. In other words, not something he heard people praying about in prayer meetings.....finding a perfect roommate, a husband, an avoided car accident, but something like an amputated limb growing back, and dead being raised back to life.
People in Jesus day saw those miracles happening all the time and some of them still didn't believe. I think of all the lives I have seen transformed by God's power.....people literally "born again" into new life in Christ. People walking in the world, miraculously switching direction and beginning to walk toward Jesus. New life.....Changed in an instant from darkness to light, from despair to hope. The miracle of changed lives, years later, still changed! Touched forever with the same blinding light that turned Saul, persecutor of the church, into the Apostle Paul. I see "mini-Pauls" all around me.....miracles!
I think there is hope yet for Hemant Mehta, I don't think his heart is totally closed, he just needs a healthy dose of the Holy Spirit.
"Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls." 1 Peter 8-9
I continue counting blessings, miracles of lives transformed, I count these names, precious ones who have been changed forever, in the grip of His matchless grace, once heading toward death, now toward life eternal, and.....hope.
#301 Pat, #302 Elaine, #303 Lori, #304 Vera, #305 Will, #306 Lyle, #307 Ginny, #308 Janet, #309 Coral, #310 Debbie, #311 Diane, #312 Rick, #312 Lenora, #313 Abel, #314 Tristan, 15 lives transformed, fifteen people who I could call at a moment's notice and know they would pray for me, with me. Fifteen people who have ministered to me in the past or present....at work, at home.
And that's not even counting the bloggers!....You know who you are, more miracle lives! All of you on the sidebar of my blog, and all of you I follow, and some I stumble upon, each one of you lights up the darkness with your words, faithfully bearing words of hope, His words.
What a blessing......
Keeping the gratitude and the miracles alive, along with Ann and many others....