Yesterday I had the privilege of being interviewed on a radio station in New Mexico. The interviewer, Sharon Vander Meer did an admirable job and then wrote an excellent blog on the program. I would like to take this opportunity to share something of what she wrote:
“If We Only Knew, Remarkable True Stories of God’s Intervention, by retired minister John Murray, is a wonderful book about the ways God is present with us in difficult times. John spoke with authority having seen miraculous healings within his own family.
The book is comprised of first-person accounts of events that were life-changing for those affected. The stories range from physical healing to surviving horrific circumstances, and is packed full of uplifting accounts of God working in the lives of people, sometimes in evident ways and sometimes through intermediaries. If We Only Knew is peppered with Scripture and each chapter is further explored through the questions at the end.
In each chapter, examples that demonstrate answers to those questions, give insight into the spiritual nature that exists in all of us when we open ourselves to hearing the voice of God, and our eyes to seeing the hand of God moving in circumstances beyond our understanding.
John said faith sustains the believer. Even when others doubt the validity of faith, the fact that believers have a foundation based on trust keeps them steady. He talked about a perception that in certain areas miracles happen all the time.
“I asked the pastor’s wife in Budapest this question, he writes, ‘Why is it that you see miracles here in Eastern Europe and we rarely do in the West?’ Her response was immediate but quite natural and humble. She replied, ‘I don’t know why you don’t see them. We just do as much as we can and we leave the rest to God!’ What a simple, yet profound, answer. They simply expect God to pick up where they leave off, and He does.”
I very much enjoyed reading this book. It has a basis is Scripture, opens the reader up to lives changed by God and provides a guide for reflection.”
Sharon Vander Meer.