Most miracles are unbelievable, unexplainable events which rely totally on faith to accept them. The miracles of Jesus – the Virgin birth – the Resurrection – impossible healings – provision – each on difficult to see. A discovery is made for an incurable disease – new technology takes us to places we’ve never been – a child is born to a barren couple – the lists go on and on.
The miracles in our lives are innumerable if we open our eyes to them. What a difference they can make in your walk with God. Both my husband and I have gone through “near death” experiences.
My husband was in his thirties and had been treated for high blood pressure and was going through some anxious times. When he moved to Minneapolis ahead of the rest of our family, he experienced a rapid heart rate and drove himself to the police station to get taken to the hospital. This was before cell phones. His heart rate was in the danger zone and it seemed he was having a massive heart attack. Since he’d just started a new job, we had no insurance so he was admitted to a ward. I received a phone call, telling me I should get there as soon as possible.
I’d stayed back with the children to get our house sold, packed and ready to move. I also had a car that wouldn’t go further than around the block and three kids with Chicken Pox. My husband heard what they’d done and called immediately to tell me to stay home. I went into panic mode.
His heart rate jumped all over the place. He went into unconsciousness and began to feel as though he was being lifted off the gurney. He looked down and watched as the medical team worked on him. All at once he was on his way to somewhere else. He felt himself being carried down a long tunnel with a light at the end of it. When he was revived, he felt disappointed that he was not allowed to enter the place that was beckoning him.
The same thing happened to me after a surgery. I never got to see the tunnel, but I was witness to being above the scene, looking down as they tried to revive me. Many have a similar occurrence, but disregarded the thought of it being a miracle
I think of Lazarus being risen after being dead for a few days. What was his experience? He was already asleep in God and then brought back to life again only to go through death again. How disappointed yet elated he must’ve been.
Not everyone experiences this phenomena and I don’t think it makes anyone better if they do. I believe that God places miraculous occurrences in our journey, so that we become revived in our faith and become confident that something better is waiting for us.
During his hospital stay, it was determined that he had an overactive thyroid and this explained his nervousness, anxiety and many other symptoms he was going through. A week in the hospital – medical bills mounting – a family separated by miles – a new job – so many new challenges. Still we knew God had a plan and that unbelievable miracles were part of it.
If we look at these extraordinary times as miracles, rather than just happenstance, we will have some of life’s burdens lifted from us.
“Miracles, in the sense of phenomena we cannot explain, surround us on every hand: life itself is the miracle of miracles.” George Bernard Shaw