Miracle by Jean Redmond

God Gave Us a Miracle

Miracle by Jean Redmond

 

I recently visited Jean and Bill Redmond, and I noticed a poem that was hanging on their wall. The poem is about a miracle that occurred in the Redmond family about 15 years ago. The poem is beautiful, and the story behind it is even better. The following is Jean Redmond’s explanation of this story:

“In December of 2001 our daughter Wendy DeHart got sick and had to have her appendix removed. When they placed her on the operating table, they noticed a small mole behind her ear. The doctor came out and said he was more concerned about the mole than the appendix and asked for permission to remove the mole. The results showed it was stage three melanoma. The doctors painted a very bleak outcome for Wendy. They said they were sure the cancer was in her lymph nodes. She was operated on the next week. We placed Wendy on prayer lists all over Virginia. The day of her surgery, the priest at St. Mary’s Hospital announced over the loud speaker that he was going to pray for everyone going into surgery. Wendy works at Manakin Church and her minister was there with us and we all prayed while we waited. After several hours, the doctor came out with a big smile on his face. He said he could not explain it, but all her lymph nodes were clear and the cancer was contained in that one spot. This was not like me, but I jumped up and said, “I can explain it, God gave us a miracle.” I came home and wrote this poem. We have been truly blessed, as she has not had any trouble with this since her surgery 15 years ago! Our God is an Awesome God.”

Our God is an awesome God indeed. This was truly a “mountain-top experience” for the Redmonds. When these things happen in our lives we certainly celebrate them and are grateful for them, but do we allow them to grow our faith so that when the next obstacle comes along we will trust God even more? Let me explain: I’ve known folks who’ve had similar experiences to the Redmonds, and at the time they receive them, they rightly bask in the glory of God’s grace and return thanks to God. However, the next time a challenge or issue comes their way they say things like, “Will God be there for me this time?” or “ I don’t know if God cares about us anymore.” It’s almost a “What have you done for me lately?” type of faith.
 
Part of our spiritual growth is allowing our “mountain-top experiences” to shape and grow our faith. How do we do that? We remember. The next time you’re going through a tough time and you’re seeking God, try looking backwards and remember all that God has done for you. Joshua did this for Israel. When Israel crossed over into the Promised Land, the Bible says, “Joshua set up the twelve stones that had been in the middle of the Jordan at the spot where the priests who carried the Ark of the Covenant had stood.” (Joshua 4:9) Why did he do this? Joshua 4:7 says, “These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever.”
 
Joshua created what author Henry Blackaby calls a “Spiritual Marker.” A Spiritual Marker is a time in your life that you clearly know God was present and at-work in your life. Jean Redmond memorialized one of their family’s spiritual markers by writing a poem. These markers can shape our future faith if we’re intentional and thoughtful. What are the spiritual markers in your life? In what ways has God been clearly present and at work in your life in the past? May I encourage you to write down and record your “mountain-top experiences”? Then the next time you’re wandering through a dark valley, searching for faith and hoping for a miracle, get out your list of Spiritual Markers. Read them, recall them, re-live them and they will be for you, as they were for Israel, “a memorial,” a time to remember that the God who brought you this far will not let you down now. Perhaps after some prayerful reflection you will have the confidence of Paul who once said,

“He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:6).

Lord, we thank you for the times where you have clearly been at work in our past. Please help us to recall those

“mountain-top moments,” to remember them as important milestones in our lives and allow those times to create in us a confidence in your sustaining presence when unwelcome times of uncertainty and fear appear at our door. Amen.

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