Published June 12, 2012
The dictionary defines a "miracle" as "an effect or extraordinary event in the physical world that surpasses all known human or natural powers and is ascribed to a supernatural cause." In other words, it is something only God could do.
The Bible, of course, is full of miracles. Depending on your definition of miracles, every page has something miraculous to tell us.
But some people look at those miracles in the Bible and say, "That was then, this is now." The age of miracles, they seem to say, has ended.
I wholeheartedly disagree. In fact, I think we are the beneficiaries of miracles every day of our lives most of which are unrecognized as such.
In 1984, right after our first son was born, I came down with mononucleosis, accompanied by a touch of hepatitis. It wiped me out for the better part of two months. It was the worst illness of my life (and, for that, I'm thankful). But I remember one interesting aspect about the hepatitis. The doctors gave me iron pills. Beyond that, even in this day and age, there was nothing else that they could do for it. The prescription was simple: "Get plenty of rest" (which I needed no encouragement to do).
What were the doctors saying? They were saying that this human body has within itself the ability to repair itself from many such ailments (not all, of course). I consider this restorative system a miracle of God's design.
And that made me think of this: How many times even today has your body been called upon to fight off some infection or virus or whatever that, left unchallenged, could create considerable illness or worse?
No need to try to answer there's no way to know. And that's my point. Miracles are going on every day around us in our family members, in our own bodies all around us. And we don't even recognize them for what they are.
What else don't we recognize as miracles? Go outside. Better yet, go camping. Look around. You'll see God's handiwork everywhere. The famed aviator Charles A. Lindberg once wrote, "In wilderness I sense the miracle of life, and behind it our scientific accomplishments fade to trivia." God's Creation is an ongoing miracle, for "in him we live, and move, and have our being..." (Acts 17:28.) And, nanosecond to nanosecond, He sustains the universe by His miraculous power.
What other things do we commonly fail to recognize as miracles?
- God's answers to prayers. When your prayers prompt God to intervene in some way, that's a miracle. He's responding to our faith in a manner that's in our best interest.
- God's protection of you and your loved ones. How many times have you been kept from harm while traveling and didn't even know it? (I think about that one a lot.)
- God's protection of your health. I read somewhere that Christians live longer and generally are more healthy. Why not? We've got the original H.M.O. the "Holy, Mighty One!"
- God's gift of children. Perhaps that's one of the most amazing processes imaginable or, more correctly, beyond imagination. The miracle of birth is simply unfathomable.
But perhaps the greatest miracle usually unrecognized as such is a different kind of birth: the new birth. The old John W. Peterson hymn says it well: "It took a miracle to put the stars in place, It took a miracle to hang the world in space; But when He saved my soul, Cleansed and made me whole, It took a miracle of love and grace."
God's grace often works silently and unnoticed. But let's not forget this: He is a miracle-working God. And the miraculous nature of His works is not diminished by the fact that so many seem to go unnoticed.
Look for miracles in your life today. You'll find plenty of them.
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