Today I finished reading this powerful testimony called The Cross and the Switchblade by David Wilkerson. At some point, I just couldn’t put it down because I just had to know what miracle was going to happen next.
This book told the story of a country preacher following what seemed to be God’s calling for him to go and serve the teenage drug addicts and gang members of New York. After finishing this and hearing about some people making the decision to come to Christ this past week, I realized that I forgot how exciting this journey can be. Miracles can happen. I guess it’s easy for me to get into the mindset that this is a journey I must follow to be obedient and respectful to a God that loves me no matter what. On a journey where I try to be more like Christ as I grow to understand more of His love for me. I don’t think I’m doing a good job expressing myself right now…but what I’m trying to get at is that I sometimes forget about the power of the love that first rescued me. The power of a Holy Spirit inside of me that acts as my Comforter. The power of transformation that can only be explained by someone named Jesus Christ. I forgot about the power in His name.
Then I read about how truly lost, lonely, hurting teenage heroine addicts were no longer addicts because of the Spirit. At church, I saw a young girl go up to the altar with her parents and tell the congregation that she made a big decision this past week. I can’t help tearing up while I clap for these people who make the best decision of their lives. It’s an undeniably powerful thing to hear…how people change when they had lost hope. They thought no one cared…no one knew their suffering…no one loved them…until they heard about a God who loves. A God who answers prayer, who knows our names, who can work miracle after miracle. “You are the God who performs miracles; you display your power among the peoples.” -Psalm 77:14
This has served as a reminder to never belittle the power of my God. To believe big things can happen at Tufts not because I’m doing my part as a follower but because of GOD. Who can do ANYTHING. Not that I now think my last post was irrelevant, but I talked about a lot of that while forgetting that love is the answer. How loving God, myself, and others answers a lot of the questions I have. Dang, I’m having trouble getting what’s on my heart out in words…I just need to remember how powerful and transforming love is and that miracles are real. Every time someone trusts and puts their faith in God, making themselves vulnerable and surrendering their hurt, confusion, and everything in their lives to the One who gave it all…that’s nothing short of a miracle.
There’s a lot of miracles in this testimony of Reverend Wilkerson. Read it and you’ll see what God can do. Or better, see how God worked in the same way in you. Maybe that’ll help you understand what I’m trying to express in this post
God, help me remember the power of your love everyday. Help me remember the excitement that is knowing You. Help me proclaim that joy without any chains. I want to sing your love in everything that I do because I know I have You, and You are my reward.