Blessed… Witness to a Miracle, Amazing

 Jesus moved on from there along the shore of the Galilee Sea. He went up a mountain and sat down. Large crowds came to him, including those who were paralyzed, blind, injured, and unable to speak, and many others. They laid them at his feet, and he healed them. So the crowd was amazed when they saw those who had been unable to speak talking, and the paralyzed cured, and the injured walking, and the blind seeing. And they praised the God of Israel (Matthew 15:29-31, Common English Bible).

And once again, Jesus is followed by large crowds. People flocked to him to hear him teach but even more to witness a miracle or perhaps have a miracle come to life before their eyes.

That’s what they got. They were amazed at all Jesus did. The lesson reminds us, “those who had been unable to speak talking, and the paralyzed cured, and the injured walking, and the blind seeing.” To see people’s lives dramatically changed right before your eyes is truly an amazing thing to behold.

The whole idea of being witness to a miracle is an amazing experience. It is something beyond what we can do for ourselves.

I know I have talked about the 2010 car accident Cindy and I experienced. Cindy had been driving. The other car, police estimated was moving about 60 miles per hour (10 miles per hour over the speed limit) square into the driver’s side door.

When the car quit spinning and came to a stop, I started asking Cindy if she was OK. At first I got no answer and it scared me. I knew I wasn’t OK but as I looked at Cindy, I truly thought she was dead. From thinking my wife is dead to actually see energy. With a broken hip she wasn’t going anywhere on her own. But, she was alive and that was miracle enough for me. I was amazed at what God did.

Another way God amazed me in all that was, I was in the middle of a planned sermon series when the accident happened. The next Sunday I was supposed to preach on miracles. I freely admit, at that point, I didn’t know what I was going to say. I didn’t preach the Sunday after that or the Sunday after that or even the Sunday after that. But, the first Sunday I was preaching again, I picked up that sermon where I had left off. I opened that Sunday by saying, “Three weeks ago I planned to preach on miracles. I freely admit, I didn’t have a clue what I was going to say. Now, after all the things we experienced over the past three week, I have a thing or two to say about miracles down. ” I was amazed by what God did.

How has God amazed you?

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

Joy and Peace,
Keith

Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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