It was after Jesus had risen after three days in the belly of the tomb, that he appeared to his disciples, showing them his hands and his side. In John 20:24, we read that there was a disciple, Thomas, who was not present at this appearing. In the disciples’ excitement, they shared with Thomas that they had seen The Lord.
“But he said to them, ‘unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it.” (John 20:25, NIV)
“What. A. Kill-joy!” I thought. I mean, here they were sharing their excitement and he doused their fire of excitement with his water of doubt.
“But wait,” my thoughts continued. “How many times have I done this? Didn’t I just do the same thing the other day? I remember a temper tantrum of sorts, ‘God, You have to do this! I’m having a hard time believing You’ll take care of us!“
Haven’t we all maybe done that?
“God, if You could come through in this way, I’d know You care about me.”
“Until I see some evidence, I’m having a hard time being convinced that Your word works.”
The cherry on the top? Jesus appears, showing Thomas His wounds and says “stop doubting and believe.” Just as He appears in our circumstances, DESPITE our doubts.
I don’t know about you, but after that temper tantrum I had, The Lord moved powerfully, and I felt like a spoiled brat. It was terrible.
And when Thomas said, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus replies:
“Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (John 20:29)
It causes me to say, “Lord, thank You for moving and appearing in my situation, even in my doubting. Help me believe You without having to have proof before I believe.”
The writer of Hebrews says:
“Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.” (11:1, NLT)
God will show up in your situation, as He always does. Allow Him to move. Trust Him in faith that what He says He will do, He will do. Allow hope to course through your veins that even though you can’t see Him moving, He’s moving.
I once heard an analogy about Bamboo growing. It takes FIVE YEARS for it to even sprout. As a bamboo farmer, you can’t get discouraged by what you can’t see on the top. You don’t see what’s going on under the ground, the roots taking shape. If you focus on what you can’t see, you’ll dig up your harvest.
Here’s the deal: after five years, the bamboo begins to sprout, and in six weeks it shoots up 90 feet. NINETY FEET IN SIX WEEKS.
I feel like there’s some of you out there that need to shout: NINETY FEET IN SIX WEEKS!