During this quarantine, I have missed going to church. I miss the singing the most. The instruments and songs of praise echo throughout the church. I can feel the Holy Spirit fill my heart with peace, gratitude and joy. It is the best, most satisfying feeling in the world. After I leave church, the songs echo in my head as I go about my day.
I have been to a few different churches. Some services are heavy on rituals. Sometimes the rituals take over, and the true spirit of worship gets lost in the rituals. In the bible, the religious leaders did not believe that Jesus was the son of God, because he performed a miracle on a Sunday. The leaders were so bogged down in their rituals, that they could not focus on the miracle. They could not see that Jesus was God, because he didn’t follow the standard religious practice.
Therefore some of the Pharisees said, “This Man is not from God, because He does not keep the Sabbath.”
Others said, “How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?” And there was a division among them.
—John 9:16 (NKJV)
The miracle was that Jesus gave a blind man sight. When the religious leaders asked the man about Jesus, he said I know that I was blind and now I see. Isn’t it that simple? We pray. God answers our prayers, and we praise him.
He answered and said, “Whether He is a sinner or not I do not know. One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see.”
—John 9:25 (NKJV)
God hears his children. Since the beginning of the world, nobody healed blind people, except Jesus. f this Man were not from God, He could do nothing.
Now we know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will, He hears him. Since the world began it has been unheard of that anyone opened the eyes of one who was born blind. If this Man were not from God, He could do nothing.”
—John 9:31-33 (NKJV)
We get so caught up being busy and following a routine, that we can miss God speaking to us. Sometimes, we just have to stop and pray. We can ask God to turn our day around. We ask God to help our children. We can pray and ask God anything. We just shouldn’t get so caught up in rituals, that we miss the miracles right in front of us.