God is in the business of miracles, no? Amidst the intense needs and crises of our day, Jesus still loves to make Himself known in a very personal way.
My youngest son, Jordan. is a football player. He is also one who loves Jesus.
Recently, during his dreaded (but not really) two-a-day football practices, he injured his knee. He walked in the door with an obvious limp. My husband wanted Jordan to see the trainer. Jordan looked up with absolute sincerity and said, “Dad, I really don’t want to go to the trainer with this. As it is, I am missing a day and a half of practice to attend my youth retreat. I don’t want to be seen as a weak link.”
That night, after Jordan went to bed, I went into his room, knelt down and put my hand on his knee. I asked God to give me faith on behalf of my son.
The next morning, when Jordan was getting ready to head out the door, we had him sit between us, and my husband and I prayed for him. I prayed Psalm 103:1-5 and said, “Lord, one of the benefits of belonging to You is that we get to be healed, forgiven and restored. We ask You, please take away this pain and restore this knee. Amen.”
Jordan stood up, and the pain was gone! He went to practice and ran hard with no issue whatsoever. God made Jordan fast, and my heart jumps when he gets to run.
I’ve heard many people say it is selfish to ask for small things when so many big things are happening in the world today. I know that many are waiting for healing for much more serious matters than a swollen knee. I’ve been waiting a long time for my own healing. Still, God says to bring all of our requests before Him. He says to cast all of our anxieties on Him.
What’s even more wonderful is that He says we can approach Him with freedom and confidence. I don’t know about you, but I want it all. I want God to invade every nook and cranny of my life. I want my sons to know that God is busy and active in the world and in their lives. God is larger than life and powerful enough to turn the world upside down. And He is personal enough to move in ways that mean nothing to the world but everything to me. Oh, how I love Him.
Susie Larson is an author, speaker and radio host for KTIS in Minnesota and Focus on the Family. Visit Susie's web site at susielarson.com.