Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible (Mat. 19:26 NIV).
For those of you who read my first post titled “Twenty Eight”, you will know the significance of this number in my life. In my post, I explained how my unusual and frequent encounters with the number 28 are a special way that God reminds me of His loving care and presence in my life. What I left out of the “28” post is my most special and favorite 28 of all; my BIG 28! Actually it is a 28 that first and foremost belongs to God and my parents; a 28 that was truly an impossibility in my mind and in the minds of countless others; a 28 that can bring me sobbing to my knees with inexpressible gratitude and unthinkable joy; a 28 that will be treasured in my heart as long as I live.
What is this BIG 28 you ask? It is the resurrection of my parent’s marriage after 28 years of divorce. It is the glorious display of Jesus’s power to call to life that which was dead. It is the unlikely rescue out of difficulty, darkness, and despair beyond what many can imagine. It is the miraculous rebuilding of a relationship and family established by God in Heaven. It is the undeniable witness that through the power of the Holy Spirit, every relationship is capable of healing, forgiveness, and restoration. It is the celebrated victory over hell and every wicked plan of the devil. It is comfort and peace to my soul. It is roots and stability. It is a legacy for generations to come. This 28 is truly beyond anything I can describe!
Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 1:26-31 “Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things – and the things that are not – to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God – that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord”” (NIV).
Only God could take such a foolish 28 and turn it into my cherished boast of His love, care, and kindness over my life. When I hear my parents share the story of their miracle marriage from their own lips, it settles the reality that we live in, that God “is able to do immeasurable more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us” (Ephesians 3:20 NIV). When Jesus went to the cross and was resurrected, it demonstrated to us that nothing is too hard for him. Dear friends, our God is a BIG, BIG God and He can do the impossible! THINK BIG, BELIEVE BIG, EXPECT BIG. Your miracle is happening! Yes and Amen!
Amy Mukes is the wife of Eric Mukes and together they have four amazing children whom she teaches at home. She is passionate about education and literacy and also desires to equip parents with practical tools to raise their children with the gracious love of Jesus. Amy is currently developing a City Group that will be filled with experiential, interactive learning where parenting skills and family life will increase and flourish under the Gospel of Christ, through the power of the Holy Spirit. To find out more about City Groups, click here.