The Bible is filled with countless miraculous events which happened to ordinary people. There were the spectacular signs from God as He spoke to Moses in a burning bush. There was the writing on the wall by the finger of God. The unbelievable odds overcome by an army led by God’s direction. A young lad taking on a giant and winning. We might think that the only way we can experience God’s miracles is through some amazing incident – some inconceivable happening – or actually visualizing God’s hand in our lives through phenomenal means.
Most miracles are insignificant events that lead us to God, like the miracle of birth – the moment you realize that God is the only constant thing in your life – the prayers answered – the recovery from disease – the beautiful petals on a flower as they slowly open to reveal their true glory – the majesty of nature. All of these are miracles too. We simply need to open our eyes to them.
You will see miracles if you surrender to His will. We don’t always know what’s best for us. We can’t predict the future. We may know we’re part of God’s plan, but we don’t know how we fit into the puzzle. We hear others speak of miracles in their lives and we can’t explain why those things never happen to us. They do happen. They happen when we let them.
I recall driving our old Jeep down the road, with a load of kids. I turned the corner and as I downshifted, the shift came out. There I sat, with a stick in my hand, having no clue what to do. I pushed it back in and proceeded to drive everyone safely home. Another time,the tie rod broke. I couldn’t even tell you what a tie rod was, but somehow I was able to drive it safely off the road. When you’re driving old cars you can expect problems to arise. I think the solutions were some of those everyday miracles I’m talking about.
One day our dog escaped from the backyard and our 7 year old son went searching for him. Within minutes we were following his trail in the snow. It soon became apparent that he was lost or was freezing somewhere in a snow bank or in the iced over pond. We wandered around in the snow searching and my fears seemed to be coming true. In desperation I prayed that our boy would be safe. Within a minute or two, he appeared on the horizon with our dog. The two bore little icicles on their freezing faces, but they were safe.
Some would rationalize these incidents or look for physical reasons for them, but I believe God was working overtime those days, to prove His presence in my life. All miracles will not present themselves in the same way. Simple things – a child sleeping contentedly – the first glimpse of your first born – the glory of God’s creation – all divinely created. If we close our eyes to these little incidents, we won’t be ready for the major ones that happen along the way. All it takes is a little attitude adjustment.
“Miracles, in the sense of phenomena we cannot explain, surround us on every hand: life itself is the miracle of miracles.” George Bernard Shaw