Those of you who’ve followed me for a while know that I am one of the youth leaders for our church’s youth group. Last night was youth group night, and we are studying the book of John. We read several passages throughout the book that shared some of the miracles Jesus performed while on earth and we talked about the power of God.
In our small group time, we asked our junior high girls if they’ve ever personally witnessed or experienced the power of God… crickets…. deer in the headlights… crickets. They all said they hadn’t…
I asked them what they would have thought if they had seen Jesus turn water into wine… they said they would have thought someone was playing a trick on them…
I wanted to jump out of my skin! As someone who has clearly seen the power of God right here in MY life and the lives of those around me, I wanted to shout from the ROOFTOPS! I had to try to contain myself because in our small group I feel like I’m the one always talking (middle school girls are very quiet)…. but I also wanted to share with them some of the ways I’ve personally seen evidence of Gods power… to help their eyes be opened to see it for themselves.
One of the girls in our group and I have a mutual friend named Cheyne who just graduated from high school and started his freshman year of college. Cheyne was diagnosed with cancer when he was FIVE years old… multiple surgeries and chemo treatments throughout his life… and he graduated from high school!! They never expected him to live… and he graduated high school and is planning his future right now! THAT is evidence of Gods power! I reminded her of Cheyne and she said “oh yeah.” … kind of as if to say, yeah I guess that was Gods power.
Still saddened by the fact the kids couldn’t articulate examples they’ve seen of Gods power, On our way home, I asked my high school daughter why she thought none of them could answer the question. I rattled off several other HUGE examples of the evidence we’ve seen of God. She said, “well, you’re older than they and you’ve had more experiences”. “True… and I thought of that, but you’re not much older than they and YOU’VE seen Gods power…”
She thought for a moment and said, “not everyone has a mom like you who talks about the power of God all the time and points out answered prayer.”
On one hand, I am humbled… thankful to have actually done something right in my life… to have provided an example to show others what God is capable of… on the other hand, I have awakened a sense of urgency to TELL OTHERS more and more about the power of God! If we don’t tell them, who will? If we don’t tell them, how will they know?
My story is only just beginning. I have seen the power of God and I want everyone to know. He has made the foulest clean… He has softened the hardest hearts.. He has healed the leper’s, He has made the lame to walk! Not just in biblical times… but right here, right now, all around us! And He wants to do it for you, too!
Father in Heaven, open our eyes to the wondrous works of Your hand… show us Your Power… up close and personal in the lives of our students that they would know how much You care about them… as individuals… and want to work in their lives. Help us to live as examples of Your power that others would see You through us. In Your Holy name I pray… amen
Be blessed today, friends