THE CHRISTIAN CONNECTION
By Myra F. Smith
THE AGE OF MIRACLES
BIBLE VERSE: “Nebuchadnezzar went to the door of the roaring furnace and called in, ‘Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, servants of the High God, come out here!’ Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego walked out of the fire.” (Daniel 3:26)
We were on our way to a wedding in Ft. Worth this weekend. I put a Mary Chapin Carpenter CD into the player, and began to pay close attention to one song. The song was, “The Age of Miracles” and here is a stanza from that song:
“Seems like we’re just standing still
One day we’ll ride up that hill
In the age of miracles
There’s one on the way.”
Daniel and his friends were loyal followers of God. They refused to worship the idols of King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. For their faith, they were put into a furnace so hot the men who shoved them inside were consumed by the fire. While I believe Daniel and his friends trusted God to save them, the sight of hungry tigers was terrifying.
What are you terrified of today? Terrorists? Bankruptcy? Divorce? Loneliness? Depression? Spousal Abuse? There are enough hungry lions in our world to scare the life out of us. Storms rage like never before; earthquakes are larger; floods are heavier; tornados more fierce. Violent crime is off the charts; teens are killing themselves and others; poverty looms large; family violence is rampant; church attendance is down, and the world seems inhabited by starving lions, ready to rip us apart.
How do we face our raging lions? What sustains us when we feel imprisoned by our problems? Who do we turn to when we need a miracle? As the song says, even when we are standing still with no hope in sight, a miracle is on the way. This miracle has a name. His name is Jesus, and He gave His life to free us from the world.
Call His name; then step away from the prison bars. Our Miracle is on His way.