Once in a while I'll get one word in my mind and I'll have trouble moving past it. Sometimes I know where it came from... a song, a verse, a conversation, etc... and sometimes I have no idea where it came from. More often than not and as the days pass, the 'why' will inevitably make itself clear.
I heard a song the other day that used to be one of my favorites... one of those songs that just sticks in your mind and makes sense (or at least changes your perspective) no matter the situation you've found yourself in....
The song's not even about miracles but if you were to reverse each of those situations, you would consider them miracles. ..
It's like rain on your wedding day....
It's like a death row pardon two minutes too late...
It's the good advice you just didn't take.
I know what God says about miracles... HE'S the one who performed them. In fact, He's the ONLY one who has performed them.... in all of history!
Have you ever noticed that every time someone refers to a miracle, that miracle is somehow attached to God?
Always. No matter if someone believes in Him or not... because He's the ONLY "god" in History who is known to perform miracles.
Because He's the ONLY ONE who can.
"He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted."
Job 9:10 NIV
It has made me sad lately that we only seem to give credit for *big* miracles... healing someone who has Cancer. Finding out that someone who was declared dead is now alive.
What about our elderly grandparents who are still alive to meet their great-grandchildren? How about this morning when you lost your keys and were sure you'd be late for work but they showed up in the fridge? And when your parent had been so sick that you were sure within a couple weeks you would know what it would be like to live your life without him/her? The car accident you witnessed on the way to work this morning that you weren't a part of but should have been if you hadn't left your keys in the fridge? The unexpected check that came in the mail when you had just been begging God to show you how you could pay your bills this month?
I don't know each of you (tho I wish I did!) but I think I can guarantee with 99% certainty that every one of you have experienced one or more of the above 'coincidences'.... 'happenings'.... 'strokes of luck'....
Because they are.
Definition; A surprising and welcome event that is not explicable by natural or scientific laws and is considered to be divine.
I like that word.
I have spent the past couple weeks just observing... I've watched and listened. I've found that I am completely surrounded by miracles each and every day... many that I'm too busy to notice.
"Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles..."
1 Chronicles 16:12 NIV
I've made it a priority lately to take a second at the end of each day to reflect on the day's miracles, however small they may be.... finding my keys. Getting a full night's sleep. Having dinner planned and ready before 5pm. The great coupon that came in the mail precisely when I needed a new faucet for the kitchen sink.
And I've found that when you take a second to reflect on the small miracles, you'll end up even more grateful for the large ones....
My daughter. My period (something I NEVER imagined I'd be thankful for.... but without it, I wouldn't be a mom). My husband's job. My Daddy's job. Our savings account, however small it may be ;-).
When you get right down to the nitty-gritty you realize how complex and intricate our lives actually are.... and you become even more aware of the miracles that surround you every day.
Every. Single. Day.
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