Seriously, what do we define as a miracle? I’d love to hear what you have to say about this.
Miracles, in many people’s minds, are those things that happen in the Bible, those showy moments of outrageously impossible events that happen to fix someone’s life and can never again be replicated. Miracles are the stuff of olden time; in the 21st century, we don’t have miracles. We have robots.
But is that true? Does a miracle have to be a pillar of guiding fire or the instantaneous healing of someone who’s never been well? Does it have to be big, showy, utterly inexplicable, and catalogued for all to remember in the years of faith without “proof”?
I don’t think so. I think miracles can be the small things. I think miracles can be the fact that, again this week, I am utterly broke. I mean, way broke, in the negative numbers broke, having to take out more loans broke. And out of gas. My little gas symbol light came on Wednesday afternoon–and I wasn’t getting any more money until today, Friday.
I prayed for a miracle, I’ll admit it. I asked God to replicate the oil of the woman Elijah aided in 1 Kings 17, that it would not run dry while it was needed. I asked for the miracle of making it on nothing–and it was granted me. I drove everywhere I needed to yesterday and the car didn’t die.
Did I drive differently so as to conserve what little gas I had? Yes. Is there leeway when the light comes on because manufacturers understand that this sort of thing happens? Yes. Did the gas in my tank actually miraculously replenish as I drove all over town? Probably not. But does that matter?
In the age of skepticism and the need for “proof”, I feel that miracles happen all the time and we dismiss them, belittle them, marginalize them. So what if there’s a perfectly rational explanation for my car continuing to run? Does that exclude a God Who works within the parameters of the universe He built to aid a poor graduate student desperately seeking aid? Why should a miracle not be also a product of physics?
Will my car get me to class today? Will the check come on time for me to cash it before having to go to work? I don’t know. I don’t know these things. What I do know is that God asks me to trust Him, asks me to ask Him, to give Him my problems and believe that He will have an answer for me. Faith is not blind, but neither should it hedge its bets–it is about giving God the space to work in your life in whatever small (or large) ways He chooses.
What miracles have you experienced lately?
I ask you again, does God give you the Holy Spirit and work miracles among you because you obey the law of Moses? Of course not! It is because you believe the message you heard about Christ. (Gal. 3:5, NLT)