[Peter said] “‘Get up and make your bed!’ And, he [Aeneas] did it.” Acts 9:34
During Peter’s travels, he had a stopover in Lydda and met up with some of Christ’s followers. He came across a man, who had been paralyzed for eight years, and said, “Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you.” And, he got up and walked around! Through this miracle, the people in the community became aware that God continues to be involved in their lives.
A Sunday school teacher did a little experiment with her class to show how faith “taste buds” can go away and be brought back to life. (I challenge you to try this experiment yourself!) Take a paper towel and wipe your tongue until it is dry. Sprinkle a few grains of salt on the end of your tongue. You will not taste the saltiness until the wetness of the tongue reappears!
The miracles of Jesus, and those performed by other disciples, are recorded in the Bible to help us grow in faith–to make us sit up and boldly take steps on our faith walk. However, when our faith goes flat or lacks flavor, God sends disciples (pastors, Stephen Ministers, friends, family members) and the Holy Spirit to pray for us, to talk with us (or just listen), or to do little acts of kindness to help us taste life at its fullest.
Dear Lord, thank you for those you send into our lives to help us move forward in our faith journey. Amen.