Nebuchadnezzar said, “Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who has sent an angel, and delivered those who trusted in God…” --Daniel 3:28a
There are times when our faith is increased, our hope renewed, our love deepened because we have been astonished by the action of the Holy One in someone else’s life other than our own. Perhaps they are flailing about in an ocean of danger, or burrowing out of a closed cave of despair, or clutching at the fragile tendrils of life, and suddenly the ocean is stilled, the cave is opened, the tendrils are strengthened. We are immediately aware that something unforeseen, unexpected, other-worldly has occurred to enable the shift. We may be hesitant to attribute the action to heaven, and yet, it is clear that it is beyond earthly machinations.
The action that has caused a transformation in the other person’s life, creates an alteration in our own soul as well. The very process of questioning how the “tables have been turned” eases us into the gap that rests silently between our edgy doubt and the poignant possibility of heaven’s glance. The witnessing angels provide a double gift – the gift of deliverance to one in difficulty, and the gift of hope to us who are merely bystanders to the unfolding of a miracle. We become not only observers, but participants in the divine drama and are forever changed as a result. Are you poised to have the witnessing angels sew your edgy doubt into a tapestry of trust?
O God, let the grace of your presence carve away the last vestiges of uncertainty and skepticism that lie menacingly just beyond my best effort at faith.
These meditations by Renee Miller first appeared at explorefaith.org
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