“He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed,
miracles that cannot be counted”—Job 5:9 (NIV).
For one dollar, I couldn’t resist the small blue book titled “The Gift of Miracles: Inspiring Modern Day and Biblical Wonders.” It was on the bargain shelf at one of my favorite Christian bookstores where I purchased several other books at that low price.
The 155-page book contains stories of miraculous healings, divine guidance, divine protection divine provision, divine deliverance, divine intervention and divine transformations. Packed in this small volume are stories written by ordinary human beings who have experienced an extraordinary Creator God—a God who loves His people so much that He still intervenes on their behalf today.
Many people don’t believe miracles still occur today, explaining them away as coincidences. In the past, I did the same. Then, when I began to recognize God’s fingerprints on my life, I remembered past trials, including a serious illness that sent me to the hospital when I was only 17. It wasn’t until 10 years later, after another surgery, that a different doctor told me I was lucky to be alive. Lucky? I don’t think so. Blessed? Yes, that’s more like it. A miracle? You bet!
According to Webster’s Dictionary, the primary definition of a miracle is “an extraordinary event manifesting divine intervention in human affairs.” Synonyms for miracle are marvel, phenomenon, revelation, surprise and wonder.
R. R. Niebuhr, a Harvard Divinity School professor, said, “It’s not that modern man cannot believe in miracles; it’s just that he needs to be shown how.”
While we may expect a glorious parting of the Red Sea to qualify as a miracle, we need to live with the understanding that life in itself is a miracle. We expect miracles to make a grand entrance like a burning bush while God expects us to see and appreciate the miracles all around us—the miracle of changing seasons, the miracle of our complex bodies with all parts working together to keep us alive and the miracle of each breath we take. The list could go on.
In an article titled, “Can You Recognize a Miracle?” Dr. John Chirban of Harvard Medical School said, “The person who is spiritually attuned knows God. Soren Kierkegaard wrote, ‘Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays.’ The natural (human) cannot know the supernatural (God), but prayer is the supernatural medium by which humans can make contact with God—and be transformed. What do the spiritually attuned accomplish? They exercise their capacity, their potential to know God, which is the transforming miracle of their life.”
Maybe we’re too consumed with worry, responsibilities and the distractions of life to recognize the miracles. Maybe we take for granted the life we have been given. But, we haven’t earned life. We have been given life through a marvelous miracle, a gift from our Creator God.
Albert Einstein once said, “There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle.”
Which way are you living?
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