How a Promise Jesus Made Hijacked my Day

by Sandra Allen Lovelace  @SandraALovelace  #WallflowerWomen  #TimetobeYOU!

Have you ever had a familiar phrase pop into your memory banks out of an odd context? And you can’t make sense of the connection? Hmmm, maybe I need to explain.

My thoughts about the future were already low when the air conditioner started acting up. Several scenarios collided to make me feel as if I were in the center of a tornado . . . blew apart my day and laid me flat. I didn’t know which way to crawl.

The whisper was faint, but non-ignorable. (If that’s a word.) “People who haven’t seen are blessed.” In record time, I found the verse in the book of John.

Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Because you have seen Me, have you believed? Blessed are those who did not see, and yet believed.  John 20:28-29*

My mind raced through what I knew of the passage. The post-resurrection Jesus appeared to a few of His disciples who were hiding in a locked room. He identified Himself by displaying His wounds and they rejoiced. When the witnesses reported the event to Thomas, he flat out refused to believe them unless he could check the wounds for himself. Eight days later, Jesus returned and invited Thomas to do just that. The evidence was enough to fuel Thomas’ faith.

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Jesus used Thomas’ need for sensory confirmation to point out the significance of faith that trusts without such temporal verification. The Son of God declared that those who believe who He is without having seen Him with their own eyes are blessed.

And what about those of us who get the shivers when we can’t see the future? Who panic at the sight of blood? Who shut down when a crisis hits … like a broken appliance?

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Let me suggest His response is similar. “Blessed are those who have not seen Me, yet believe and trust my hands.”

When our minds and hearts are stayed on Christ we find confidence and peace.
Where are you grounding your thoughts and desires today?

with prayers for the Father’s grace over you,

    Sandra

*references are NASB, unless otherwise noted

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2 Comments

  1. I’m sorry you had such a difficult time. 🙁 I hope your A/C is back to working condition. Your post spoke to me. It was a message of encouragement laced with conviction.

  2. My heart is warmed by your comment, Cathy. What better response could I receive than that my message inspires “encouragement laced with conviction”? Thank you.

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