36th day of Lent
He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” 41 And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”
One of my favorite classic Christian songs is “Touch of the Master’s Hand,” by Wayne Watson, which is based on a poem by Myra Brooks Welch. It tells the story of an auction where an old item is held up, and the auctioneer calls for bids. After a few tiny bids are offered, an old man standing in the back of the crowd walks forward, picks up the violin and plays a “melody pure and sweet, sweeter than the Angels sing.” Then, the bidding restarts, and all of a sudden, people are bidding thousands of dollars for the same violin.
Some of the people are stunned, and cry out, “What made the difference,” to which the auctioneer replies, “It was the touch of the Master’s hand.”
The main point of the song is that our lives are made different when the Master – Jesus – is able to put His touch on them. But truthfully, all of creation cries out for the touch of its Master. God created everything, but He did it through Jesus, so that the Lord had a role in the creation of everything from trees to seas to you and me. So when that Master spoke to His creation throughout the Gospels, it was only natural that it responded every time.
He spoke healing to the blind, deaf and lame – and they saw, heard and walked.
He spoke transformation to water inside of barrels – and the water’s chemical composition was changed to high-quality wine.
He spoke resurrection to a little girl and to a good friend – and their bodies were rejuvenated and brought back to life.
It made perfect sense that when he spoke to nature and told it to calm itself that the wind died down and the seas returned to normal. Guided by His Father, Jesus had created all of it, and nature was just responding to the One Who had made it.
Today, thank the Lord for His hand in creation, including the creation of you. As you go through your day, look around you at everything in nature and give thanks for what you see. And remember that above the plants, animals, seas and sky, you are nature’s greatest miracle – and that because He made you, He can bring transformations and miracles into your life, even in the darkest of situations.
Reflection copyright © 2017 Doug DeBolt.
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