On the next day, when they had come down from the mountain, a great crowd met him. And behold, a man from the crowd cried out, “Teacher, I beg you to look at my son, for he is my only child." And behold, a spirit seizes him, and he suddenly cries out. It convulses him so that he foams at the mouth, and shatters him, and will hardly leave him. And I begged your disciples to cast it out, but they could not.” Jesus answered, “O faithless and twisted generation, how long am I to be with you and bear with you? Bring your son here.” While he was coming, the demon threw him to the ground and convulsed him. But Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit and healed the boy, and gave him back to his father. And all were astonished at the majesty of God. Luke 9:37-42
The winter beauty of this new place has begun to reveal itself to me. The mountains are covered in snow and the trees look frosted with powdered sugar. The dark ocean contrasts beautifully with all of the lush green and sparkling white of our world. And yet the image I have focused on the most is that of our grand daughter Lilly eating fish crackers. Her mom sent it to me on my phone and now it is the wallpaper. There is her beautiful face staring at me every where I go. For me the majesty of God is most pronounced and witnessed in the faces of my beloved husband, children and family. Haring each voice as we talk across the miles powerfully reminds me of God's love in my life.
The disciples were struggling to heal a little boy whose father was in complete distress. The man appeals to Jesus and the boys is made well after several frightening moments of convulsions and screaming terror. People were delighted and amazed, remarking to one another about the power and majesty of God. Jesus calls them a faithless and twisted generation. He has offered them love and healing and so often fear and confusion kept them from stepping out in faith. They couldn't see the forest for the trees, it would seem and neither can we. We get so caught up in the daily tasks and frustrations that we fail to see and invite the majesty of God.
Today may we not be numbered among the faithless and twisted generation, but rather be bold in our faith. May we expect miracles and see God's love and power in every situation. May frustration and fear take a back seat to love and healing, and may we be agents of hope and inspiration where ever we are. May God give us the strength to rejoice every morning and know the majesty of God in our midst today.