I had a dear sweet friend come to visit for a couple days this week, Diane Estep, who was my former pastor’s wife when we were all just newly married and having our first children. We have been friends for 28 years next month – seems like just yesterday. Eddie Estep, her husband, is now the District Superintendent of the South Carolina District in the Nazarene Church, which means he gets to sort of pastor the pastors and help them with problems, meet with their church boards for wisdom and direction, and he travels and speaks a good bit.
She was telling me that he frequently tells this story that she knew I would like: Seems this hunter went out one night with his rabbit dog, and his dog saw this rabbit and went crazy after it. More dogs heard the fracas and they joined in, all of these dogs running as hard as they could, wanting to be where the action was. As the night went on, the latecomers began to fall away and go home and only the original dog remained on the hunt. When the hunter was asked about why his dog was so steady and so sure, not growing weary as the night went on, he said, “Well, see, that’s the thing. My dog’s the only one who actually saw the rabbit.”
Sometimes in our Christian walk, we tend to sort of just go along with someone else’s excitement or their walk with the Lord, but we aren’t on the hunt ourselves. We think we are, as we’re right beside the person we’re following, but until we’ve SEEN Jesus, we aren’t the original hunter, and we may fall away. Until you experience the power of salvation, of forgiveness, until you’ve walked with the Lord in a true relationship, you are going to be struggling to keep up the pace.
I truly believe that in this day and age, for people (especially this younger generation) to be saved, it is going to take signs and wonders – miraculous things that ONLY God could produce. This generation is used to the Harry Potters and the Dirty Little Liars and the Walking Dead – nothing phases them. UNTIL it happens to them. See, that’s what happened to Jesus’ disciples. Ever wonder how in the world 12 ordinary men were able to transform the world with a gospel that no one had ever heard about but will just not die? See, they saw the rabbit – they were with Him!
I was telling my teen group a couple weeks ago about the miracle with Lady Antebellum’s bus catching on fire and her Bible not burning up, and it made me think about all the miracles that we’ve seen God do in similar circumstances, pages of the Bible being intact in the fires of the World Trade Center from 9/11, things that truly illustrate that this Word is protected. It made me think about my own life and what I believe and how fervent that belief is. See, you are not going to convince me that Jesus isn’t real, because I’ve met Him – He has had His hands on my body, healing me, delivering me from grudges, from unforgiveness, giving me hope when I should have despair. I KNOW He is real because I have seen Him, I have experienced Him. You will NEVER convince me that this religion I believe in is a crock, a thing for weak people, just a crutch to get through this life. Because I KNOW it is exactly the opposite – it is a strength and a power and a transformation of lives from the inside out.
I wonder, for all you athiests and agnostics that read my stories – where is your evidence that God is not real, that there is no God? Christians have miracles galore where God has protected His word and His people. What does your “no God” belief do for you in everyday life? Just saying….
My name is Teresa Evans. I am a wife to Tom, a retired Circuit Judge, and I am a court reporter by trade, a mother by God's grace and a lover of Jesus Christ. I've grown up in a family blessed with many miracles, and have received multiple miracles myself.