Many people don't believe miracles occur, explaining them away as coincidences. In the past, I did the same, until I began to recognise God's fingerprints on my life, I remembered past trials, including a serious illness that sent me to the hospital when I was only seventeen. It wasn't until ten 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.
RR 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."
We need to live with the understanding that life in itself is a miracle. God wants us to 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.
Knowing God is a miracle too!
In an article titled, Can You Recognise a Miracle?, Dr John Chirban of Harvard Medical School said, "The person who is spiritually attuned knows God." And note what 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 are too consumed with worry, responsibilities and the distractions of life to recognise the miracles. Maybe we take for granted the life we have been given. But we have not earned life. We have been given life through a marvellous miracle, a gift from our Creator God.
Albert Einstein, who had a deistic belief that a God exists, 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? •