Age 11, she was the star of the school nativity singing, with her amazing voice, the song “All because of Him.” Then a few weeks later, her parents had the phone call all parents dread – she’d run in front of a car. A nurse in A&E recognized her, but didn’t believe she’d make it through the night. The church prayed. The community prayed. Anyone who knew her, or knew of her prayed as she lay in a coma for two weeks. With many bones broken, and her brain badly swollen – who knew how badly injured – would she recover at all? Then the miracle began to happen, and little by little she came back to us. At the Easter service, she stood up and sang that same song “All because of Him,” and there was not a dry eye in the place. No-one doubted that the mighty hand of the Lord God had done amazing things in her. Of course the hospital had worked wonders with her, and we thank God for those skills, but the speed and completeness of her recovery was well beyond amazing and into the zone of the miraculous.
Moses and the people of Israel had some difficulty understanding why God had set them off on a disastrous collision course with Pharaoh, but God explained to Moses (Exodus 6:1) that it would be His hand, and His hand alone that would be the driving force. It would come to pass that Pharaoh would not just permit them to leave, but would make them leave. That’s how much God was in control. Was it because God was some megalomaniac dictator who had to show Pharaoh who was boss? I don’t get the feel that God was trying to impress Pharaoh. The people who needed to understand the nature and greatness of God’s power were the Israelites. God knew they had a hard route ahead, with many trials and difficulties. They needed to know the God they were putting their trust in was more than worthy of it. He was both able and willing to meet their every need.
I don’t believe that God’s plan is for young girls to get hurt so that he can demonstrate his power in making them better, but when things do go wrong I’m glad our God is able to make things right. And when we see God doing amazing things, it helps us grow our faith to trust him in all things. It really is ‘all because of Him’.