To change is to live and to adapt is to thrive. It’s not always easy. Here are some thoughts on change through generations and trusting God for what we can never know. And then a bonus feature about 5 ways to help another, or be helped… and teachable through necessary change in relationships and life.
It’s funny some of the things we remember.
I remember sitting on the floor in my grandmother’s Victorian house in Cape Town when she recounted how much had changed during her lifetime. She remembered horses and carriages, the first motor vehicles, electricity and radios in homes, hot water….. All of these revolutionary and life-changing innovations were commonplace in my life as a boy of 8 in the late 1950’s. For those who lived through their introduction they were marvelous. “I wonder what I’ll be saying when I’m as ‘old’ as granny?” I pondered.
Well, the time has come and hear I am….. getting old and reflecting on what has changed between then and now. Apart from ease of travel around the world no doubt the greatest innovation in my lifetime has been computers and cell phones. Of course science and medicine have taken giant leaps, landing on the moon was no small step, television and satellite communication have shrunk the globe. I’d absolutely no idea what lay ahead as I sat at my grandmother’s knee imagining the future.
Such reflection has no doubt been the hallmark of every generation. There’s little argument that the 20th century witnessed an acceleration of development and innovation unlike any other in history. The impact was breathtaking; often very troubling and unsettling as traditional customs, lifestyles, and ‘ways of doing things’ revolutionized the world.
I consider these things from time to time as it helps me loosen my grip on trying to restrict, limit, or comprehend God. My desire to follow logic, to explain, and to ‘work it out’ trips me up because there’s so much I don’t know. I imagine returning to the sitting room floor and describing to my grandmother the world I lived in and what was ‘normal’ when I reached her age. I hear her exclaim the wonder of it all and see her shaking her head in disbelief.
“Everyone has a telephone? Without wires? In your pocket, with pictures? What’s video? Skype? 3D? Global village? Terrorism? Political correctness? A secular society? Pornography?”
And my imaginings are only attempting to bridge two or three generations!
How impossible would it be for God to describe heaven to us on earth, or to provide a glimpse of what is ‘normal’ in His world? Jesus came to include us in that conversation and to whet our appetites for the supernatural. There are aspects of God and following Jesus that should cause us to catch our breath, scratch our heads, and be rendered speechless. In fact if that’s not part of our experience we should press in further until it is!
How do people get healed? I don’t know. All I testify to is that when I lay hands on people and speak to illness in the name of Jesus something happens and they feel better. Sometimes they receive strength and faith, sometimes there is physical healing, and sometimes peace is released with power. Some experience and feel no difference. I have no idea why some are physically healed and others are not.
That’s in essence what Peter declared after he and John raised the cripple (from birth) to his feet at the Temple Gate in the name of Jesus.
“Why do you stare at us as if by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk?…By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has completely healed him, as you can all see.” (Acts 3:12, 16)
Isn’t that amazing! When I get too analytical I remember that everything from God through Jesus has to be available to all people from every background. From the poorest to the richest, the least educated to the intellectual. It’s why the entrance is through grace and Jesus’ Cross, not finances, education, performance or striving. We love because He first loved us. Peter couldn’t even write (unschooled ordinary men – Acts 4:13) and had probably been fishing with his father from the same age I was sitting on my grandmother’s floor.
If you’re discouraged today. Take a step back and allow God to be God. All things are possible in His world. Build trust in His faithfulness and ask Him to astound you with things you never thought you’d see or experience in your lifetime. It’s an adventure we’re on that should cause us to dance and jump up at down (from time to time) with the healed cripple beside Peter and John. 🙂
When all the people saw him walking and praising God, they recognized him as the same man who used to sit at the temple gate called Beautiful; and they were amazed at what had happened to him. (Acts 3:10)