I had the honor of standing by a family of faith as they said goodbye to their wife, mother, sister, and daughter at her graveside. The death was relatively fast and unexpected and we prayed for a miracle. The miraculous healing did not happen and death occurred. Yet God’s power was still on display. Instead of God healing a body from cancer, His power produced spontaneous singing by a graveside.
2 Corinthians 4:7-12 “But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair, persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So death is at work in us, but life in you.”
The scripture tells me that God purposely chooses to display His power through fragile vessels. We are ones with fragile health. Our security on this earth is fleeting and fickle. Our comfort zones are temperamental things. The love and respect for others, which we desire, can be as short-lived as our own health. As I read 2 Corinthians, it seems that in the very act of dying physically and metaphorically, God reveals His power in our life. His power may look like perseverance, determination, hope, and conviction of His presence. As we step out into the uneasy waters of sacrifice and unfamiliarity, we can expect to meet Jesus in those same waters. If we want to know God’s power on display then expect to die to yourself. Which is the greater miracle: seeing someone healed from cancer or spontaneously singing by the graveside of someone you love? I would count them both as miracles.