January 16, 2023
MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!
Rev. Robert L. Wise, PhD 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.
FINDING A PATH
My interest in miracles began through a totally unexpected encounter. A friend invited me to attend a non-denominational gathering called Camp Farthest Out, a name given from the location where the movement began. The group emphasized love and healing prayer. As a college student, I certainly wasn’t into that type of expression, but was I ever in for a big surprise.
During an afternoon prayer session, I witnessed a woman healed in an eye that had been blind since she was five-years old. I was shocked, but knew I had stumbled on to some type of new encounter, experience, expression, whatever, that I couldn’t explain or understand. Students in my university would not have believed in such a thing, but I had seen the occurrence with my own eyes.
Ten years later I came down with acute Nephritis, a serious kidney disease, causing my kidneys to begin shrinking. Once shrinkage begins, at that time there was no cure except to go on dialysis (not much hope for a young man four decades ago). In another blog, I will describe the amazing experience that not only cured my illness but restored my kidneys which then was not considered possible. I had received a miracle (when I wasn’t even open to such a possibility).
When I tried to tell ministers and pastors that I had experienced a healing, most looked at me like I was still sick. The sympathetic didn’t know how to respond. Fundamentally, no one knew how to make any sense of my recovery. They just let it go.
That’s the problem. In most of today’s churches, folks don’t know what to say and let the matter drop. Pastors who don’t want to be thought of as fanatics won’t explore the subject. A high percentage of television evangelists have been discredited and clergy don’t want to go through that washing machine ringer. The subject of miracles simply hasn’t been considered in many, many places. My concern is to see this blindness healed.
What can we learn from these two experiences that initiated my interest in miracles?
First, illness, sickness, and brokenness are an invitation for God to work. While disease and disaster often make us run for cover, these maladies are also an invitation to turn to our heavenly Father with new expectations for His touch. God works directly and indirectly. Sometimes, He uses doctors, hospitals, and surgery. On other occasions, the Lord works alone. The basic issue for us is to recover trust in Him.
Second, we need to become open to trusting Him in every situation. Regardless of how events transpire, we expect Him to accomplish His purposes. Many people never pause to recognize they are simply not open to seek a Divine intervention. Open the doors of your heart and see what follows.
And remember miracles never cease!
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