I have been thinking a lot about miracles lately. I’ve been wondering what makes an event a miracle? Last night I got on my computer and did some research trying to find out how others define what a miracle is.
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, a miracle is defined as “an extraordinary event manifesting divine intervention in human affairs.” This sounds good but it seemed too complicated, almost scientific, to me so I looked further.
I found on thefreedictionary.com the following: a miracle is “An event that appears inexplicable by the laws of nature and so is held to be supernatural in origin or an act of God.” Again, this sounded good but really didn’t hit home for me.
I continued to look and look but really didn’t find anything that I was happy with or excited about.
I decided to try to use my own words to describe what I think a miracle is. I think that a miracle is “God intervening in someone’s life to make something good happen that might not otherwise happen without His intervention.”
I could talk all day long about God and miracles. But, to someone who might not believe in miracles, it would take a big leap of faith to start to do so just based upon what I had to say. So, I decided the most powerful way to talk about miracles would be to hear from people who have had miracles occur in their lives.
In my post this past Sunday, I said the best way to see the power of God is through the testimony of others. I asked everyone if God had ever performed a miracle in their life and, if so, to please tell us about it.
The responses were amazing. People shared with us all types of miracles that have occurred in their lives. You can read the responses people submitted at www.TheWhisperofGod.com and at www.facebook.com/TheWhisperofGod (Please take a look at both pages as there are different responses on each.)
From everyone’s responses, it is apparent that miracles come in all shapes and sizes. They also don’t have to be dramatic either: seas don’t always need to be parted in order for a miracle to occur.
There were also some comments from people who stated that they have never had a miracle happen in their lives. Is it that a miracle has never happened for them or that they have just not been recognized?
What might be a miracle to one person is something that is taken for granted by another person. A person being able to buy food might be a miracle to someone who has to feed a hungry family but might be out of money. Being able to walk might be a miracle for another person while most of us take walking for granted every day.
We can also become instruments in helping make God’s miracles occur. Why might God give us the inspiration to do something for or say something to another person at “just the right time?” The timing of something happening in someone’s life can be a miracle in and of itself.
I have been told by others that something I have written or said came at just the right time for them. I even had a person tell me that I touched them at a critical time in their life and helped save their life. What I wrote at that time may not have affected someone else the way it did this person. What I am trying to say is that a miracle may be in the eye of the beholder.
As I write this a prayer has come to mind that, in closing, I would like to share with you:
“God let me learn to be an instrument for you to use as You see fit. Let me learn to hear, listen to, and understand Your Whisper. I thank you for every wonderful miracle that You have made a part of my life and I am humbled to know that You may call on me to help make a miracle happen in someone else’s life. I stand ready to serve You now and whenever You call.”
Have a blessed day today everyone!