Now Watch Him Work, by Elizabeth A. Mitchell

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*Image: Christ the King (a.k.a. The Almighty or God the Father)by Jan van Eyck, c. 1425 [St. Bavo’s Cathedral, Ghent, Belgium]. This is the Deisis (representation of Christ in majesty), central panel in the inner section of the Ghent Altarpiece.

By Elizabeth A. Mitchell, The Catholic Thing, Dec. 7, 2019

Dr. Elizabeth A. Mitchell, S.C.D., received her doctorate in Institutional Social Communications from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, in Rome, Italy, where she worked as a translator for the Holy See Press Office and L’Osservatore Romano. She serves as Dean of Students for Trinity Academy, a private K-12 Catholic school in Wisconsin. …

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Elizabeth A. Mitchell

As George Bailey pleads for the Lord’s help, on a snow-covered bridge in Bedford Falls, he little suspects what is actually going on behind the scenes.  The machinations of Henry F. Potter, which have brought George to his knees, in fact, have been the very means the Lord has chosen to show him that he really has a precious, needed, and irreplaceable life.

This truth, vividly portrayed in Frank Capra’s classic film It’s a Wonderful Life, is no less apparent on the real-life stage of the divine drama.  Throughout Salvation History, in fact, the Lord chooses to allow the thugs to get the upper hand, only to prove His sovereignty over them.  When He allows our strength to appear overwhelmed by likes of a Goliath, He is actually saying, “Now, watch Me work!”

The Lord says to us in such moments, “Be still, and know that I am God!” (Psalm 46:10) He does not say: “Be still, and know that I am trying my best,” or “Be still, and know that I used to do incredible things, but it’s been a while.”  No.  He says: “Know that I am GOD.”

And herein lies the unfathomable mystery of God:  He uses the seemingly incontestable and invincible control of a worldly power to manifest His superior strength.

The Lord says to Pharaoh, “This is why I have raised you up, to show my power through you that my name may be proclaimed throughout the earth.” (Romans 9:17) ….


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