The following paragraph is from my friend. He sent me a text this morning. Other than my daughter’s name, which is not Jane, I have not changed anything else. Didn’t need to. Thanks for reading!
I saw the picture of *Jane* getting her new hair style. As I looked the Lord brought this to mind. No longer will she be known as, “you know, the girl with the long braid.” She has changed her identity. People will see a new *Jane*. She is no longer defined by her hair. I think, as Christians, sometimes we need to change how others see us. Do we like how those we may be trying to influence /witness to define us? Do they see someone with validity or not? Can they see past “the long braid” and see God?
Last week, we discussed how shadows can be harmful to our faith. We can be afraid of the shadows in life. But we also know that God is light and the shadows have no power against God. Click here if you want to read last week’s post.
Ponder your shadow for a moment.
Other than our vision, how else do we perceive a shadow?
You can’t touch it. Rather, it touches you. Do you feel it?
It makes no sound and you certainly can’t taste it.
But can a shadow interact with our physical world?
As with most (probably all things) things, we can look to God’s Word for some answers.
Dealing with shadows is no different.
Here are the verses in Acts that originally prompted me to write about shadows in the first place.
“12The apostles performed many signs and wonders among the people. And all the believers used to meet together in Solomon’s Colonnade. 13No one else dared join them, even though they were highly regarded by the people. 14Nevertheless, more and more men and women believed in the Lord and were added to their number. 15As a result, people brought the sick into the streets and laid them on beds and mats so that at least Peter’s shadow might fall on some of them as he passed by. 16Crowds gathered also from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing their sick and those tormented by impure spirits, and all of them were healed.” Acts 5:12-16 NIV
Did you catch v. 15? Apparently, there was power in Peter’s shadow!
I see a process here. If I may, let me break that process into each step.
Verse 14 says that “more and more…believed…” God was doing miraculous work in peoples’ spiritual lives.
Verse 15 states, “As a result…”. Result of what? The salvation that these people were experiencing. The people must have been thinking that God can heal physical issues as well as spiritual issues.
Faith was being bolstered by the numbers of salvations. When people get saved, there is always rejoicing.
Due to this new hardy faith, people were taking physical action. It seems that action will follow a decision.
This action led them to find the disciples, specifically, Peter. Verse 12 explains the interest in find these men.
Faith surpasses proximity. Peter did not even need to touch these people. God’s power finds people of faith.
Physical healings took place. God will sometimes meet spiritual needs before physical needs. Other times, it is reveresed. Either way, it was evident that there was an outpouring of God’s power.
God gets the glory. Regardless of how the healing happens or even if it spiritual or physical, God is the one who is doing the healing. Yes, Peter was involved but God only because God chose to use him in this moment.
While we live through our days, we encounter negative shadows practically every day. But God is so faithful. He can turn bad, fearful, and scary shadows into live-giving shadows.
First of all, look to God. Desire Him, not what He can do.
Once we get that priority straight, God can start to move us through the process I described earlier.
Because God is all-powerful and equally mysterious, He will do what He wants, when He wants to.
Keep close to Him and enjoy the ride!
A life lived for God is never lived in disappointment!
And the list goes on. That list being the ordinary, boring, even mundane things of our lives.
But even if these things are mundane, they can be important.
Check out these verses from John 2:
“6Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons. b7Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim.”
My previous post explained the miracle that Jesus performed.
This post shows us that the normal everyday things can be used in miraculous ways.
These jars were common in every household. Servants would use the water to wash feet. Nothing special about the jars.
Until Jesus got a hold of them.
I like the next part. They filled them to the brim.
When Jesus is requesting something of you, go all out!
You can read the rest of the story on your own. I just wanted to highlight the use of the jars.
We all have jars in our life. The simple things. The mundane things.
In the hands of Jesus, they could provide miracles. We don’t always know what Jesus will do but we can always be ready.
Here are my jars Lord. They are filled to the brim.