My husband used to work near Lake Merritt in Oakland, California, and often recalls the time a popular local preacher claimed that he could walk across the water. He told his followers to gather on the shores of the lake one afternoon, and they arrived in droves to see the miracle. At last the preacher drove up in his enormous red Bentley convertible. He got out and stood on the shore looking out over the crowd.
“Do you believe I can walk across this water?” he called out.
“Yes!” they shouted back.
“Do you believe I can walk across this water?” he yelled out in a louder voice.
“YES, YES, WE BELIVE YOU CAN!” the crowd shrieked back.
“Then if you believe it, I don’t have to do it,” he said, and got back in his Bentley and drove away.
His congregation continued to flock to his services and hold him in high esteem. Now that’s what I call a miracle.
Originally published August 2, 2010