We don't always expect miracles, do we? We pray for them, we believe they can happen, but do we expect them?
Mary Magdalene did not expect the resurrection. Simon Peter and John did not expect the Resurrection. Mary Magdalene thought His body had been stolen. Simon Peter and John had to have thought Mary had lost her mind or went to the wrong tomb. How could He not be there? Even though Jesus told them many times that He would rise from the dead, they still didn't get it. Then when Mary sees Jesus, she does not recognize Him. Her unbelief distorted her vision. His body was a glorified body but I don't think she didn't recognize Him because of that. Instead, she didn't believe so there was no way she could recognize Him.
Do we live our lives like He is coming back? Do we believe it? As Bible believing people, of course we believe it. But, do we live every single day like He could come at any time?
Doubting Thomas represents so many of us. Many of us must see the proof before we will believe it. I remember when I first found out that I was pregnant with Josiah. I took a pregnancy test and it was positive but I didn't believe it. We had gotten pregnant on the first try! How could this happen so easily, so quickly? When I called the Doctor to make an appointment the nurse said something I will never forget, "If the test shows positive, you are pregnant. Believe it!" Well, I would not have my first appointment and sonogram until I was eight weeks so I had to wait about three weeks to see the Doctor. In my worry, fear and disbelief, I began to pray for morning sickness. Yes, I prayed for it! But I was so worried and so afraid that I would miscarry or that the test was lying that I prayed for symptoms. Well, let me tell you I was sick as a dog! The entire first trimester I would throw up probably eight to ten times a day. Thank the Lord I never got dehydrated! But even when I was throwing up in those weeks before the Doctor's appointment I was doubting. Why is it so hard to believe the good reports, the good results, the miracles in life? But Jesus says, Blessed are those that believe without seeing!
Lord, I pray that I will expect miracles in my life and in the life of others. Help me to believe when there are no flowers blooming! Help me to believe when it looks like no rain is in sight! And may I live my life like you are coming back TODAY!