Jesus said it, Not me.......

I am behind in my reading of my chronological Bible this year, and I have to admit that even thought I KNOW deep inside that God does not keep track of the "amount" of Scripture I read but rather how I apply what I do read to my life, I still feel guilty and desperately want to get back on track.

Election day has given me a "day off" from work, so I spent some time last night reading a few days in a row and I got up this morning and read a few more.

As I was reading, I was struck by these words from Jesus' own mouth in Matthew 12:39,

"Only an evil, adulterous generation would demand a miraculous sign; but the only sign I will give them is the sign of the prophet Jonah."

I guess sometimes I struggle with the reality that when it came to Nick's cancer, I begged for a miracle and I believed in the power of God to take away every cancer cell from Nick's frail body but in the end, Nick was taken Home.

People will often come to me with praises and say things like, "Oh, let me tell you about our miracle," or "We have been praying so hard for such and such, and guess what!?!?  We got our miracle!!"

I smile, and honestly, I want to feel as happy as they are about their wonderful news, but sometimes my human mommy  heart feels like it has been run through with a sharp knife.

So, when I sat and read this passage this morning, it actually made me feel better.  I guess just  knowing that Jesus was asking the people of His time NOT to demand miracles somehow told me two things.  First, it told me that we are not that different than the people who walked this earth so many years ago.  And second, it told me that what Jesus offered to them as a sign is the very same thing He offers to us.

Jonah.

A prophet from long ago who ran from God, was swallowed by a large fish, and then kept there for three days and three nights until God decided to release him right on the shore of the land to which he had been called to share a message from the Lord in the first place.

Jonah.

That's our miraculous sign of Jesus' authority.

Not the blind He gave sight.

Not the lame He made walk.

Not the dead He raised to life.

Just Jonah being spit out from the belly of a big fish.

Jesus basically said, "That's all you need in order to believe in my power."

And I'm claiming that kind of Jonah faith today.

When I stand before God, I don't want to be held back by any sadness for losing Nick because I felt like it was not his time.  Nick has been released from this world through the power of the resurrection just like Jonah was released from his captivity through the power of God's voice.

I'm so thankful that God chose to share these words from Jesus in Matthew.

It's easy to get hung up on praying for earthly miracles.

Of course, we want everyone healed, every relationship restored, every pain to be relieved, every discomfort to be comforted.

But in the end, Jesus says, "Just knowing the story of Jonah is enough."

Read the book of Jonah when you can and believe wholeheartedly that no matter what this life hands you, there is a God above who sent His Son to earth because He loves us so much, and He allowed Jesus to remind us of His power by reflecting on the life of a simple prophet named Jonah.

Thankful today for this short verse and the story of Jonah,



3 Comments:

Blogger natalie said...

Tammy,

Your words are a perfect blessing for me today. Some teens from our hometown were in a terrible car accident, it looks like they are all going to be ok, praise God!

We just passed Malorie's 6th Heaven Anniversary and her what should be 19th birthday will be in 2 weeks. This is always such a difficult time. I often wonder why some lives are spared, and our Malorie wasn't. In my heart I know she is having the time of her life, I just miss her soooo much!

Thank you for your words. I'll be praying for you and your family this month.

much love,
natalie

Blogger Tammy Nischan said...

Natalie,

Thank you for commenting. As I read that passage this morning, I felt so compelled to share and now I know why.................

Won't it be great to get to Heaven and see everything from God' perspective!

I'd love to talk to you sometime about your career as a guidance counselor........if you ever have time, please email me at tammynischan@yahoo.com.

Love you,
tammy

Blogger Susan said...

Dear Tammy,

Another powerful word. I needed this tonight.

As a mom of a son who is a survivor, many times I ask "why not my son"?

Truly it wasn't/isn't MY FAITH.

I do know this, God has a plan for all of our lives.

I know God knows all things. His ways are so much higher then ours.

One day we'll understand.

Praying for you and all those special moms I've come to love and respect so much.

So grateful for you♄

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