A Missed Miracle

Matthew 8 has that story we all know, when Jesus healed two men by casting their demons into a herd of pigs which then stampede into the water and drown.  The pig herders run to town, tell everyone what happened, and then they all beg Jesus to leave.  As a kid, it always bothered me that Jesus would just take away those pigs from the poor herders who only happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.  I mean, that was their livelihood, right?  But now as I think about it, why were Jews herding pigs?  It’s not like they were supposed to be eating them or even really be around them.

I wonder, could it be that the real miracle was that Jesus was trying to help out this town that kept pigs?  Could He have been trying to purge something from their lives that was keeping them from getting closer to God?  It didn’t look like a vice or an addiction, it was a job they were probably working very hard at, and it was something they took seriously as we can see from the way they reacted.  They couldn’t see the miracle.  They couldn’t see what Jesus was trying to do in their lives.

Am I the same way?  Are you the same way?  Is God doing something in our lives, but we can’t see it for what it is, and so we resist?  It’s uncomfortable, it shakes up our paradigm too much, so we get angry and ask God to get us out of that situation.

I’m praying the Lord changes my heart and helps me not to resist the good things He is trying to do, even if I can’t see them for what they are yet.

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