August 7, 2022
MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!
Robert L. Wise explores the world of divine interventions from an objective point of view. An Archbishop in the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches with a Ph.D., Rev. Wise relates his interviews with persons who experienced the touch of God.
Judith and Franics MacNutt have been friends and associates for many decades. No one better demonstrated and practiced the gifts of the Holy Spirit than this couple who founded Christian Healing Ministries in Jacksonville, Florida. Their vision for a healing center has inspired generations of believers. Judith now continues this work by herself. In a recent edition of Healing Line, their newsletter, she relates her personal story of the desperate need for the work of the Holy Spirit.
Living in the Appalachian small town of Jackson, Kentucky, little Judith was seven-years old when she learned that the high school girls would be coming to school in special party dresses for the school prom and she wanted to watch. Judith kept begging her mother to allow her to ride her bicycle to the school. Finally, she agreed only if Judith stayed on the sidewalk.
Immediately, Judith took off to watch the special school event unfold. She pulled up in front of the school to watch. Sure enough, the students began arriving, looking like a million dollars. Each couple looked like something out of Vogue magazine.
Judith didn’t notice that a car had swerved into the parking lot. The couple driving had been drinking heavily and didn’t hit the brakes Bouncing over the curb, the car came at Judith like a guided missile. She couldn’t get out of the way. The car smashed into Judith. The drunken driver was so disoriented that when he threw the car into reverse, he ran over her a second time!
Observers rushed forward to help the broken child. Because the town was small, they knew her and where her house was. Judith was picked up and carried home. The doctor rushed in to examine the child.
“No point in trying to get her to the hospital in Lexington,” the doctor concluded. “She’d never make it there alive.”
All her mother said was, “We’ll see.”
Judith’s mother had for years believed in fervent prayer. She had a conviction that intercession could change the inevitable. For three days and nights, she sat by Judith’s bed and prayed an unceasing prayer. Nothing deterred her constant supplication.
As the third day was ending, Judith’s eyes began to flutter. The comma broke. She opened her eyes and looked around. “What happened to my bicycle?’ was her first question. Only as she grew older did Judith understand how extraordinary her recovery had been.
What happened? Jesus told a number of parables about persistence. The parable of the old coin illustrated a women’s constant quest without any break until the coin was found. (Luke 15:8-10) The parable of the persistent widow demonstrated the same teaching. Don’t stop. (Luke 18:1-8).
These parables and Judith MacNutt’s experience have a lesson for anyone seeking a miracle. Don’t let your faith lag when the results are not immediate. Trust God to have a better plan.
Just remember. Miracles never cease.
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