Sunday, July 28, 2013

Magic ~ in ~ Miracles - The Story Behind the Title

We live in a world that is full of grown up 'stuff'. Ever since we were old enough to understand news reports our lives changed in big ways.  Some of us changed even before that because we were born into families that were already struggling. But each one of us needs a place of escape; a place for the positive, a place for encouragement, laughter, and smiles. A place we can be free for a few minutes as we bask in the sunshine and see the world through the eyes of a child.  Nothing makes a child happier than watching a magician do his tricks.  They look on with their eyes bright and glittery while rabbits are pulled from hats, or while scarves are pulled from sleeves.  It's a time of nothing but sweet, sweet fun and escape.  Sure, they know these are tricks - but are totally fascinated nonetheless.  And well, miracles - we all love a GREAT miracle! 

Miracles don't require much explanation.  These are those beautiful things that are brought to us courtesy of our astonishing God!  Miracles can be big or small and if we aren't careful sometimes we may even miss one. But they come in abundance and fill our lives daily.

I sat teaching my beautiful K-5 kids in KidZone a couple Sunday's ago.  Our lesson covered Peter's story.  They sat on their puzzle mat watching the story on the big screen, their eyes were big and there wasn't a whisper to be heard.  They were mesmerized.   As Jesus performed miracle after miracle for Peter they were drawn more and more into the story.  For them it was a lot like magic! To look in their eyes and watch their little brains process these amazing feats was for me a gift in itself.

For a few minutes I simply gazed at those children, my eyes tearing up and glazing over as I watched them experience the works of Jesus.  They were in awe and so was I.  It was like they were seeing Jesus for the first time. And for some of them, it could have been the first time. 

There is absolutely nothing more wonderful and beautiful than witnessing Jesus through the eyes of a child ~ or seeing life through the eyes of a child.  Of seeing a little 'magic' and escaping from the world of chaos and calamity.  It is a bit like witnessing Disney World and getting to walk in a world of make-believe while inside those gates.

In John 11:40-44 Jesus performs a 'miracle'. Telling Mary and Martha, "Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?".  He then raises Lazarus from from death.

Priceless. To see the world through the eyes of a child; to be awestruck every day as you see and experience the beauty of knowing Jesus Christ. To feel that magical presence daily.  To know that He is going to show up and provide blessing after blessing so you can see the glory of God.  Although as adults we know the difference between magic and miracles ~ its precious to be able to live in a magical place with my Heavenly Father every day, as I attempt to see the world through the eyes of a child.

Experience some 'magical' today as you experience Jesus!!!

<3 Kelley

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