Is God doing something “big” only when lots of people see it? Can God do something breathtakingly beautiful and “big” when hardly anyone sees? This is the theological version of the question “If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around – does it make a sound?”
Last Sunday morning I was surrounded by our prayer team. For years Ruth Orlando and Dwight Martin have put their hands on my shoulders and prayed for me before I proceed to stand up front and share a word to the people of our church from God’s word. Last Sunday morning Ruth’s granddaughter Natalie joined us. Natalie was born with Down’s Syndrome and she is a wonderful, loving eleven year old miracle of God in our faith community. On Sunday morning as we finished praying Natalie grabbed Ruth’s hand and said, “Let me pray!” So Ruth, Dwight and I said to her, “Yes please pray for us Natalie!” Then Natalie began speaking to God. I honestly could only make out a few of her words, but I’m sure every word was beautiful and eloquent to Heavenly Father. I found out later that her mom, Dana, saw the moment and was moved to tears to see her daughter participating with the prayer team.
I ask the question once again. Can God do something breathtakingly beautiful and “big” when hardly anyone sees? Natalie taught the few of us who shared the moment, that the answer is a profound YES! I wish more American churches could embrace this truth.