In light of our recent reframing of miracles, allow me to elaborate with a modern day, true parable:
The Kingdom of God is Like a Family…
In a certain city there was a Family whose sister had fallen deathly ill. All the doctors of the city tried everything they knew to help this sister, but she was at death’s door and beyond their medical expertise. The Family loved this sister dearly and knew that the Father of this Family, the wisest physician, did, too. The Family sought the Father’s favor for the sister’s healing. At first, He seemed to refuse; she was getting worse, not better. For all the Family’s pleading for healing, grace, peace, strength, and comfort, It could not understand why the Father seemed to be sitting back and doing nothing. He was fully capable of pulling Its sister out of the clutches of death and heal her body, but still, He waited.
One day, the Family finally asked the Father what He wanted to do. It had just assumed that He would want to heal Its sister; It thought He wanted to heal everybody. What the Father said to His Family stunned It. He told the Family that It had everything within Itself to do what He did. Since He was Its Father, He had given It His life. His very DNA was interwoven into every member of His Family. Therefore, everything the Family asked for – healing, grace, peace, strength, and comfort – already resided within It. As a whole, a Family unit, It could express the fullness of Its Father’s life. The whole time the Family was asking for the Father to heal Its sister, He was waiting for It to put that healing into action. He wanted His Family to come around this dear sister and physically, practically be comfort and peace for her. He wanted His Family to be her strength, to exhibit grace to her, and to essentially bring her His healing. He could have physically, supernaturally healed this sister when the Family first started asking; He could have done that before It started asking, but He had another, larger, deeper, eternal purpose in waiting. He was after more than the temporary healing; He wanted to work His identity into His Family.
Good news! The sister recovered – she is healed! It is a mircale!
The Kingdom of God is Like a Misunderstood Purpose…
In that same city, the Family rejoiced over the sister’s healing and complete recovery. The sister was reunited with her husband and children. The Father was given all the credit, and the Family was now armed with a deeper understanding of Its identity. The Family reveled in the Father’s purpose of healing and community.
However, within a short time of her healing, the sister moved out from her home, separated from her husband, and put a strain on the Family. Within a short time of that, both the sister and her husband were in other relationships and not functioning with the Family. Within a short time of that, the sister left the Family altogether and even turned her back on the Father Himself.
The Family was stunned again. This time, the Family couldn’t understand the choices made by the sister and her husband. All the Father’s love, time, and sacrifice (and physical healing!) seemed to be thrown back in His face. The Family reeled from these events. What started as a glorious time of healing and celebration resulted in pain and confusion.
Now, the Questions…
So, did the family miss it? Did the Father really want to physically heal the sister? Why would He physically heal her if He knew she would leave? Why would He physically heal her if He knew she would physically die someday? Why would someone turn away from the Family and the Father after such an experience?
Why did the Family ask for healing for the sister in the first place? Was it for temporary relief of pain or suffering? Was it so that It wouldn’t have to live without her? Was it to give the Father all the glory? Did the Family think that the physical temporary healing of that sister would further the Father’s Family?
Let those with ears to hear listen!