“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” Romans 8:28 NKJV
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a miracle as: “1: an extraordinary event taken as a sign of the power of God. 2: something (as an event or accomplishment) that is very outstanding, unusual, or wonderful.
Every day, things happen that cause us to murmur a heart-felt “Thank You, God!” under our breath. As Christians, we can see God in every good thing that happens to us. In Isaiah 41:10 God tells us “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
My latest every day miracle happened just a few nights ago. As you know, I am a writer, and I was having a very difficult time. I couldn’t get down on paper (ok, the computer screen) exactly what I was trying to convey; I had worked on it for three days and it still wasn’t right. I gave up, deleted the whole thing and decided to start over in the morning. I was so low, feeling so alone, wondering if this was really God’s calling or was I just kidding myself. I happened to glance outside and there it was, my miracle! The most beautiful sunset filled the sky with bright orange and pale yellow and clouds with shades of red. It was…inspiring! It was God sending me joy and telling me to not give up, keep writing! And so I am.
One of my other miracles is a little more mundane but still I thank God for helping me out! We have a very stubborn and lazy automatic gate! As you get close, it is supposed to open automatically (can you see where this is going?). Most of the time it works great, but when it rains, it doesn’t work, period. You have to get out in the rain, unlock the motor, and manually open the gate, and get drenched! One day I was in a hurry, I was running late for an appointment and it had been raining all morning. I put on boots and a raincoat, knowing I would have to get out to open the now, “non-automatic”, gate. I slowed as I got close and the gate opened! “Thank You, God!” It just proves to me that God cares about even the smallest details of our lives.
I put out a Facebook request to my friends and asked them to share their “miracles”. Here are some of their stories.
“I was driving to work when I noticed my car felt weird and was pulling to the right. I didn’t think much of it and finally made it to work just fine. After a while my boss came up to me and let me know one of the tires was completely flat and that the car should not be driven with a tire that flat. Thankfully it was a slow day at work, I found an air compressor and was able to fill the tire and monitor it. The tire held enough air that I could drive it home for my fiancé to take it to a garage to get it checked. After it was inspected, an old drill bit was found in the tire and it was repaired. We were blessed enough to find the issue before any real damage was done to the tire, the car, or us.”
“I was studying abroad in London the second semester of my sophomore year of college. I used it as a time to try and be independent and grow as an “actual” adult. This involved traveling on my own around London. After being in London for a while, I decided one Friday night that I was going to go out to a local game store and play board games with locals to have a bit of fun and meet some local people. All was going well and I was really enjoying myself until as I was leaving, I realized I had stayed too late. My way back to the apartment I was in was the London tube, but they had already closed for the night and there were no Black Cabs in sight. I didn’t know the bus schedule nor how to take the bus back to my apartment, I was lost, past midnight, in a foreign country, no cell phone, no idea and wet as it had just started to rain. I was so scared. I was just hoping and praying that someone or something could help me. As I scanned the hills trying to see something, I saw one lone Black Cab on the other side of the road, I sprinted across the road waving my arms for the driver to stop and fortunately he did. I was able to make it back across the city, safe and sound and I thank God for sending the cab for me; without it, I would have just aimlessly tried to take the bus or walk home at 1 a.m.”
“I was walking up a slight hill and noticed I was more out of breath than usual. We had ridden ATV’s that day, too, so when I noticed a pain in my chest that evening I just assumed that I had pulled a muscle while steering the ATV. I already had a follow up with my family doctor the next morning and wanted him to also check the pulled muscle. When I went in, he wanted to do an EKG, but I told him it was just a pulled muscle. He insisted. He immediately sent me by ambulance to the hospital where I did have a heart attack and was told I had a 95% blockage in one place! I probably would not have survived if I had not already been at the hospital. God obviously has plans for me still on this earth! Thank you, God!”
I would love to hear about some of your everyday miracles! Please feel free to share your miracle as a comment to this post so that everyone can experience God’s miracles.
I thank God for each of you! And I thank you for joining me today to discover God in everyday miracles.