mir·a·cle [mir-uh-kuhl] noun
Origin of MIRACLE
- Miracle Whip
- Miracle Team
- Children’s Miracle Network
- Miracle Baby
- Miracle Mile
- Miracle Strip
- Miracle …this and that
And yet on the flip side of the coin some wonder … DO MIRACLES STILL HAPPEN?
I think that the times have changed and we do not see as many of what some call the ‘fanfare’ type of miracles recorded in the Bible. I believe they still happen that way sometimes, but more often than not miracles are quiet and leave us with a sense of awe. Why? Because as a whole we do not NEED them like was needed in the times of Christ. Over two thousand years since Christ arose and people still turn to Him in simple faith, not because they saw the lame walk, the blind see, etc. We do not need miracles to believe and spread His message. We need faith. Miracles still happen. The fact that today God uses Doctors and technology that He has allowed mankind to develop is no less miraculous. I think sometimes we belittle His hand in our lives because of the lack of fanfare in an event. I do not think there are big and little miracles. I think it is, or it isn’t. (Kinda like lies, it is or it isn’t … or Love, you are either in love or you or not). I think the problem is in our recognizing God’s hand in our life. We need faith to make it through our lives. Not huge displays of fanfare of God’s intervention. We need faith to see the miracles all around us. God is always at work in our lives. That is a miracle.
As a Christian you are in the palm of His hand. Now that is a miracle. Think about it … He cares about every little detail. When you look at something you are holding in your hand do you not see every detail?
For the Jews waiting for the Messiah, a baby born in a stable was not a miracle. They wanted a BIG miracle, a King on a throne with lots of fanfare. Yet, hundreds of kings and queens have lived, have come and gone, and you would have trouble naming most of them. They were not miracles. A birth of a baby 2000 years ago in a stable is still the most recognizable name on earth. Jesus is a miracle.
Bringing these thoughts into prospective (what got me thinking on all of this), for over three years we were praying for a miracle for my husband, a job. One that would instantly solve our financial woes. Phil now has a job (PTL and PTA*). God answered our prayer, He gave us a miracle because in today’s society people over 40 years old who have too much education and experience are not recognized as valuable. Some have said, “well, you know it’s not what you were praying for and it’s probably not what he wanted, but it is a job.” True. But, it was what he needed. We were praying for God’s will. We long since passed the time of telling God what we needed in the way of a job because only God knows what we need to fulfill His plan and our wants seldom have anything to do with that. Does that mean this job is not a miracle, or it’s a little miracle? Of course not. After 3-1/2 years of looking for work he has a job, THAT IS A MIRACLE. Why? Because every time God intervenes in our lives through His love for us it is a miracle. It’s a miracle of love. We wait expectantly, hoping to apply all that we have learned in the past 3-4 years as we move forward with Him.
Are you overlooking the miracles in your life today? Do you consider them too small to be a miracle? Were they not what you wanted? Maybe we need to look for those miracles we wanted by looking a little closer at what God places in our hands; at what God knows we needed.
*PTL and PTA: A Southern-ism for Praise the Lord, and Pass the Ammunition. Or, in other words, the battle is won, the war is still to be fought. That is life. The devil rules in this world and evil is prevalent everywhere because mankind chose for him to be here. God gives us the battle and He has won the war … the devil will surrender.