July 30, 2017

Everyday Marvels

“Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor His ear too dull to hear.”—Isaiah 59:1 (NIV)

Most of us are familiar with Ironman, Spiderman, Captain America, and Black Widow. They are champions who save the world regularly. Unfortunately, the reality is that we don’t live in the universe of Marvel Comics. No superheroes are going to swoop down and save us in blazing Hollywood style.

We may be plagued by feelings of inadequacy, even hopelessness. The world seems to be run by a few power brokers at the speed of light. Life can press us down so hard we forget what the light feels like.

Here’s the good news:  God is with us. Miracles do happen.

A Miracle From Carol Graham

My amazing friend has her fingers in so many pies, I haven’t bothered to keep track of them all.  Let’s just say it would be enough to start a pie fight in an old-time movie.

What’s really astonishing, though, is the many life-changing and life-threatening successes and “failures” she brings to the table. I will be featuring one miraculous story in each of my next three articles. Today’s story deals with harnessing divine power to tame nature. Here it is in her words:

My husband, Paul, and I stepped onto our back deck around midnight on a warm summer night.  Almost immediately, our cat took off running into the bushes.  The porch light illuminated a pair of eyes in the distance.  Paul stepped out onto the deck to see what it was and before he had taken two steps, we saw a huge mountain lion lunge towards us. 

The Cougar was in mid-air when the promise of protection rose up in my husband’s spirit.  In his mind, he was saying the verse in Luke 10:19 (KJV) “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”

The large cat had full intention of attacking my husband as his body was just above the porch railing, a few feet from my husband.

Paul only had time to point his finger at the big cat and say “In the name…”  The mountain lion spun 180 degrees in midair and ran in the opposite direction. 

The next morning, we noticed our leather dog collar that had been hanging by the back door was missing.  Paul found it in the yard where he first noticed those eyes in the darkness.  That cat had already been on our deck, took the dog collar off the door handle and was chewing on it in the back yard.  What if the porch door had been open?

Days later, the conservation officer told us that they captured the big cat who had been on a killing spree.  He was the largest one they had ever seen, about 250 plus pounds. 

When we recognize and understand that authority God has given us, it will surface when we need it.  This is why we have nothing to fear.  “Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world.”  I John 4:4 KJV

What the enemy would choose to destroy us, God can use as a testimony of His power and the authority He gives us.

 My Conclusion

The Bible is full of examples of people who win incredible victories over nature. Such successes are only one example of how we can harness God’s power.

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Carol Graham is an award-winning author of "Battered Hope," talk show host for her bi-weekly show “Never Ever Give Up Hope,” international keynote speaker, jewelry store owner, and a certified health coach.  Carol has five grandchildren and has rescued over 30 dogs.  Her goal is to share hope and encouragement. Please check out her lifestyle blog, podcast blog, and memoir.

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