I've always loved watching magicians make the big "reveal." It's always amazing seeing something suddenly appear. One of my favorites is when the magician would show me two coins in his hands, close them, and then open them again to reveal four.
How do they do that?
Of course, those types of tricks are fake. If you Google long enough, you can find the secret. But I wouldn't suggest it because it ruins the fun. :)
However, there are quite a few stories in the Bible that involve true miraculous reveals. One is the story of Jesus feeding 5,000 people with just a few pieces of fish and bread. Another involves the prophet Elijah creating an endless supply of flour and oil from a few jars. And, of course, the biggest reveal of all is Jesus being placed in the tomb and then escaping death three days later.
I love seeing miracles happen.
I love the big "reveal" moments!
This past weekend we witnessed the reveal of a HUGE miracle. As you know, we asked our congregation to pledge $200,000 over the next two years above their current standard of giving. God took what you gave and multiplied it! And the big reveal was that we pledged $521,000!!! More than 2 1/2 times what was expected!
Blown away! Can't even begin to explain how God accomplished this one! I'm still in awe!
So, now what? These pledges push us ahead of schedule for getting into a new building. Instead of having to wait until the end of two years and then evaluating whether we have enough to begin building, because of this miracle, we should have what we need!
However, in order to get to that next step, we have to live into our pledge over the next two years. I look forward to seeing what miracles God will reveal in this congregation as we faithfully live into these commitments.
I can't tell you how grateful I am to be a part of this church. And I'm so glad I was able to see, once again, God perform a miracle and make such a big "reveal!"
Honestly ... t
hat was way better than the time I was three and saw a magician pull a bunny out of a hat for the first time!
Pastor - The Ridge UMC