This photo should show something other than an empty mountain road. I saw a wonder I have never seen before even though I’ve lived here since I was eight-years-old. I didn’t have my camera and so I have no proof.
As I was driving home from dropping the boys off at the bus stop, I had to lurch to a stop. There, in the center of the road were two wild turkeys, two big Toms. They were on full display. Tails spread, feathers fluffed, dancing in a circle across from one another to prove once and for all who was the most gorgeous specimen of turkey splendor. They gobbled and danced in the silence of the forest for only me to see.
The display was no less amazing for the fact that I was the only witness. It reminded me that God is constantly performing hidden miracles. From the newborn fawn taking her first steps to wildflowers blanketing hillsides in the untouched wilderness, much of His best work goes unremarked upon. Even when He came to us in human form, how many times did Jesus heal the blind or the leper only to urge them not to tell anyone. And so I feel especially blessed to have witnessed one of His hidden miracles.
Don’t feel less if you are toiling in secret places, my friend. I am convinced that hidden miracles are close to the heart of God and our hidden devotion and service to Him, priceless! Just like those turkeys, on full display, though only a single, stressed-out mom was there to see their beauty. Never fear that you go unnoticed by your Lord. He delights in hidden wonders.
Matthew 6:1-4–“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”
Matthew 6:28-30–“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?