Our Weekend of Miracles….
Have you ever seen a miracle? I asked Hannah and Owen this question this morning. Both said they’d never seen a miracle. I then asked for a definition of miracle. Hannah said, “Something only God can do.” Owen said, “When I can lift a 1,000 pound rock. Jesus has powers; he can perform a miracle like that.”
We turned to dictionary.com next, which said that a miracle is “an effect or extraordinary event in the physical world that surpasses all known human or natural powers and is ascribed to a supernatural cause; such an effect or event manifested or considered as a work of God.”
Better yet, we turned to the always-reliable Wikipedia (sarcasm:), which defined miracle as an event attributed to divine intervention.
Again, I asked my kiddos: Have you ever seen a miracle? Hannah, “I am unsure now. God does intervene in people’s lives.” Owen stuck with “I really think if I dropped a vase and it didn’t break then that would be a miracle.”
I gave them some options…
- Your baptisms on Sunday?
- Mom’s ability to walk 13.1 miles on Saturday morning?
- Mom’s ability to lose weight?
- Lysa TerKeurst asking mom to share her story on her blog?
Oh, maybe we’ve seen miracles, Mom.
Yes, yes we have.
Do you notice the “miracles” – the instances of divine intervention taking place in your life? While I’ve never seen water changed to wine or bread and fish multiplied, I have seen evidence of God’s work in my life and through my life.
Sadly, I often don’t pause to notice – much less tell others.
Both my kids were baptized on Sunday. We discussed this “act” by Mr. Tony (our children’s pastor) versus the“miracle” of salvation and baptism. We concluded that salvation and baptism are “an extraordinary event in the physical world that surpasses all know human or natural powers” – miracles!
And, as humbling as it was, I talked to my kids (for the first time) about my struggle with weight. Owen quickly agreed that Mom walking 13 miles is miraculous:)! Indeed it is. Just three months ago I could not walk two miles, and I had no desire or motivation to do so. In fact, most days as I get out of bed while my family sleeps and head out to walk, I still wonder how and when and why my life changed so dramatically. If you know me, it’s nothing short of miraculous. I know with absolute certainty that God is working in me. Otherwise, the change in me is inexplicable.
Today, I am finally believing (and living as if I believe) that God can do what He says He can do. (Fellow Beth Moore Bible study gals will recognize that!) By that, I mean if it’s in His word, He can do it- period.
He’s still performing miracles – in my life and in your life. Look for them. Take note of them. Share them.
My prayer today is that “We live by faith, not by sight. (NIV) We walk by faith, not by sight. (KJV)”
God is at work; I hope you notice and give Him the glory He so deserves.