Small Miracles

Week 28: Small Miracles

Today’s Text: Second Kings 6-10

Key Text: Second Kings 6:1-7

It’s a strange little story. A man loses a borrowed tool – an iron axhead – in the waters of the Jordon, and a prophet of God – Elisha – performs a miracle that allows him to fish it from the water.

Is the story meant to show Elisha’s miracle working power as a great prophet of God? I suppose.

Is the story meant to show that God cares enough about us that He is always present, always available? Possibly.

But I like what the LIFE APPLICATION BIBLE commentary has to say on the subject:

“The incident of the floating axhead is recorded to show God’s care and provision for those who trust him, even in the insignificant events of everyday life.”

It’s a good point.

There are certainly many episodes of God’s amazing, awesome power at work – all recorded in great detail – in the scriptures.

There are many opportunities to speak of how God uses faithful servants like Elisha to be at work in the world.

Healings, exorcisms, prophetic utterances, even the raising of the dead – it’s all there for us to ponder.

But there is also this incident – a borrowed tool lost and found.

It wouldn’t have been that big of deal if the tool had to be replaced.

It wasn’t, I don’t think, a matter of life and death.

But it is one, small episode of how God is present to us – at work – in miraculous ways.

And even the smallest of miracles is still miraculous.

Here’s the point.

Do we too often miss God’s miraculous work in our lives?

Do we need a great parting of the sea, a casting out of demons, a raising from the dead – to see God at work and give thanks?

Or can we see Him at work in a thousand small ways – and still find reason to praise and give thanks?

Look around this week. Open your spiritual eyes and take a good look.

Who knows? You might just catch a glimpse of something miraculous – something wonderful – an unexpected gift from the God who loves you.

If so, give thanks.

Maybe miracles do happen every day.

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. “Elpis” is the Greek word for “expectant hope.” He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, and a member of Spiritual Directors International. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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