But here’s what astonishes me: I have come to realize that people choose to see or choose to remain blind. It is a conscious decision. Example: When Jesus cured the man with the withered hand, the doubters never questioned the miracle. They did, however, gripe because Jesus did it on the Sabbath. They chose blindness. It was the same at Pentecost when some believed when they heard the Apostles speaking in tongues, while others said they had to be drunk.
My point: Too often, people tend to “cherry pick” evidence that supports what they want to believe rather than believing what they see. Look around. See the miracles. They are everywhere. Let yourself see. Let yourself believe. Open your eyes. It’s just that simple.
“’Cretans and Arabs – we hear them speaking
in our own tongues the wonderful works of God.’
“So they were all amazed and perplexed,
saying to one another, ‘Whatever could this
“Others mocking said, ‘They are full of new wine.’”
I am not naturally trustful. I am very skeptical by nature. However, my growing faith is leading me – logically, naturally, joyfully -- to growing trust that if God is good, He is good all the time. No exceptions. This does not mean I expect to wallow gleefully in a charmed life, free of cares and woe. (That’s not faith, but childish naiveté.) No, instead, it means I am experiencing a growing recognition that there is good in all that takes place, even events that may not seem to be good all the time. And it is through my faith that I am better able, if not always, to “see” this truth. Awesome.
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