From today’s Moravian Texts…
6 In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (in Greek her name is Dorcas); she was always doing good and helping the poor. 37 About that time she became sick and died, and her body was washed and placed in an upstairs room. 38 Lydda was near Joppa; so when the disciples heard that Peter was in Lydda, they sent two men to him and urged him, “Please come at once!”
Today’s passage in Acts is packed full of all kinds of amazing events that we could dig into, but the one thing that really stood out to me today was something that I have skipped over in the past and to see it we have to sort of read between the lines.
The thing that struck me is that when the beloved Tabitha, who also had the unfortunate Greek name of “Dorcas”, has died. Her body has been prepared for burial and the wake is being held.
Yet, when the disciples hear that Peter is in a city near by they send for him saying, “Hurry up and get over here!” But why do they send for him? Tabitha is not sick and in need of healing. She is dead. It seems to me that they urge Peter to come with the expectation that God will use him to raise her from the dead! Why? Because they believed in a big God Who was involved in their lives.
That hits me hard. When was the last time that I was at a funeral and I expected God to raise someone for the dead? My honest answer? Never.
I the thing that really jumps out at me is that I think it’s saying to us that we do have a big God and that in desperate times we should expect miracles. And that is my prayer for us today, that we would grow in faith and maturity, believing in our God Who is so much bigger than we tend to give Him credit for being and expecting Him to intercede on our behalf, to the point that miracles become a part of our daily lives.
Join with me in expecting miracles today!