“And the Pharisees came forth, and began to question with him, seeking of him a sign from heaven, tempting him. And he sighed deeply in his spirit, and saith, Why doth this generation seek after a sign? verily I say unto you, There shall no sign be given unto this generation.” Mark 8:12. Have you ever heard someone say, “If I could just see a miracle, then I would believe”? When Jesus was here on earth, He performed many miracles, people believed on Him for awhile, but they were always looking for something more. This grieved the Lord. When it…

When I was a kid, our family was not well off. For whatever reason, much of the time we just scraped by. But, my parent’s faith never wavered, and I learned many valuable lessons through those trying times. In particular, I remember a time when we didn’t have enough money to buy food. It was the middle of the winter and there was fresh snow on the ground. I don’t know what prompted my mother to go to the door, but, when she opened it, there were bags of groceries on our steps.  The freshly fallen snow on the steps and surrounding…

We have frequent afternoon showers in the South that interrupt our schedules. Many times these inconvenient downpours will start as we are heading home from work. There are things in all of our lives that disrupt our plans and often cause us to change our plans. An unexpected illness and loss of a job are a few of the unexpected mud puddles we may encounter. This week I stopped by an herb store. It had rained earlier and as I started to step out of the car I realized there was a huge mud puddle at my door. I ended up moving my car to avoid the mud puddle. But, the Bible reminds us that some “mud puddle interruptions” are welcome disruptions that open doors to miracles. For example, the story of a blind man in the Book of John who received his sight after Jesus spit on the ground and made a mud pack for his eyes. He was told to go to the Pool of Siloam and wash the mud out of his eyes. “When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay” (John 9:7 in the King James Version of the Holy Bible).

Prayer: Even though the unexpected things that come into my life are often like a mud puddle I rather avoid, help me, Lord, to realize both the ground and the rain came from You. You know how to turn the mud puddles I encounter into miracles.

Devotion by Kaye Singleton