Hear the Sustain
2Sam. 22:37 You gave a wide place for my steps under me, and my feet did not slip;
Hiking on the Appalachian trail over a decade ago my foot slipped. I knew something had gone terribly wrong in my body. I felt intense pain. My ankle had broken. The Appalachian Trail is a 2160-mile footpath that extends from New England on the Canadian border all the way to Georgia in the deep South. All that was needed on this trail was a little slip of concentration and a little lack of attention to detail and your foot would slip. We forget the wonder of Providence – that beautiful doctrine that God is constantly sustaining His universe. He is not a blind watchmaker who has stepped away from his worktable.
How would you define a miracle? Some would define it as “a direct intervention of God in the world.” This definition is unhelpful as it implies that God only intervenes every now and then.
A miracle is a less common kind of God’s activity in which he arouses people’s awe and wonder and bears witness to himself.
This Lent hear the sustain in this mighty chorus of God’s providence. Recover the Wonder. Creation vibrates with awe of the Creator.
On Good Friday Jesus slipped from consciousness. That same moment we slipped from darkness into light. Jesus’ self-sacrifice assures our wonder and awe.