Hello again. Are you ready for the blessings God has for you today? Have you started off your day wondering how you may bless others? I wonder if that’s how Dorcas started her days. I wouldn’t be surprised if she did.
Last time, we were just introduced to Dorcas, a disciple, who knew that “faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead” (Ja 2:17.) Remember, she was always doing good and helping the poor.
Her faith, her actions — she’s quite wonderful! But her story takes a tragic turn. Dorcas becomes very sick and dies. Wait, what? We were just getting to know her!
When the other disciples heard that Peter (as in Jesus’ disciple) was nearby, they sent a couple of guys to bring him back because their beloved Dorcas had died.
Wait! Stop! What?! Wasn’t she already dead? She wasn’t just sick..she was gone. What were they expecting?
I mean, really, what did they think would happen? Maybe they really were hoping…or rather…believing for and expecting a miracle. No matter what they were thinking, I’m absolutely blown away that their response to their dear friend’s passing was to fetch Peter so he could pray. Oh to have the kind of faith where we expect, rather than just hope for a miracle.
When I’m at my most desperate, (and believe me, there are weeks when it seems it’s just about every single day,) is my response to find a prayer warrior who will hold my hand and plead with the Lord on my behalf in prayer? Sometimes, maybe. Definitely not always my first response. With 3 little boys, prayer needs to be my first, second, and every response or else I just might lose my mind! On the days I don’t think I can handle one more tantrum, whine, argument, brawl, or snarky look (you know, an average day in the life of a mom,) stopping to pray can give me that extra strength I need to face the little minions. Or a quick text to a trusted friend or in my mom, asking her to pray so I can make it can really be helpful!
Wouldn’t it be amazing if I didn’t even wait until I was at my most desperate, down to my last nerve, and out of patience? I mean, what if I prayed as the Bible says to pray, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thes 5:16-18) Maybe I wouldn’t feel as crazy, running around with 3 little boys, but maybe I’d have a peace in my chaos. But I digress…
Dorcas has died and her friends and co-disciples of Christ are reaching out, expecting a miracle.