The United Reformed Church Chesham
March 2006 Newsletter
Last week I picked up the paper to do the crossword with my after dinner coffee. ‘Divine action (7)’ – a crossword clue with an easy answer. ‘Miracle’ will fit neatly. I was set thinking as I wrote in the word. What do we see as divine action and how can we observe God at work in our daily lives?
All through the Bible we read of signs and wonders. There are many miraculous signs as Moses seeks to lead the people out of Egypt and then as they travel, more signs to lead the Israelites to their promised land. The people doubt, they need leading back to God, because things do not happen quickly, but as we look back over the story the regular signs are clearly there. God was leading them. The signs continue and we know Jesus performed many miracles during his ministry. After Pentecost, the Spirit came, everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. (Acts 2:43)
In Matthew’s Gospel the Pharisees and Sadducees tested Jesus by asking him to show them a sign from heaven.
There are amazing things happening every day. Sometimes we need to look out for them, but often we can be surprised. It is not just when things are going well. On the darkest day a well-timed phone call, a bunch of flowers or a gentle hug can bring warmth and light to the situation. Human acts guided by God can become divine touches to lift and heal. It is often said that there is a God space in everyone; we just need to look for it!