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Tuesday, April 30, 2013


God hasn’t spoken from a burning bush lately. Or parted the Red Sea. And at the last wedding I attended, the water didn’t turn into wine.

But God is definitely still in the business of performing miracles. Maybe we just don’t notice. Worse, maybe we take them for granted.

Who keeps the stars up in the heavens? Who keeps the Earth spinning? Who makes sure the sun stays lit? God does. And he never stops making sure the universe is running perfectly. That’s a miracle.

He stretches out the north over the void and hangs the earth on nothing. (Job 26:7 ESV)

Who keeps the oceans within the shores? Who makes the rivers run through the countryside? Who showers the earth with rain? God does. And he never stops making sure that water and with it—heat—are transferred across continents. That’s a miracle.

But what about friends and family who are ill, who have a crisis of health? Can we trust that God will provide a miracle?

Yes, even if it’s not necessarily the miracle we want.

1. When God designed our bodies, He designed a miracle, set it in place and started it working. You have heard that our bodies are entirely remade—cell-by-cell—every seven years? Science refutes part of that, saying that our brains and hearts don’t regenerate—they continue to grow. But science agrees that essentially our cells die and our bodies then create new cells. And these new cells have the miraculous possibility of health and vitality. That’s a miracle.

2. And the part where science says our brains and hearts continue to grow? That’s a miracle too, because it’s our brains and our hearts that we need most in order to seek God and love Him more.

3. Our physical lives themselves are a miracle. A baby—a whole, complete and perfect human being where none existed before. It’s a miracle.

Psalm 139:14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

After God set all the miracles in place—the universe, the Earth and our bodies, God then performed another miracle, bigger than all the rest combined. He temporarily set aside his divinity and his presence in heaven to become human for our sake. He took on the miracle of a human body, lived a miraculous life without sin, performed physical miracles for us to perceive and be able to realize his divinity. Then at death he was resurrected to give us the miracle of spiritual life in heaven with him. That’s a whole lot of miracles, all in the one life of Jesus.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

We’re not divine. We’re not able to touch the blind and give them sight or feed 1000 people with a whole-wheat muffin and some fish sticks. But our lives are miracles, nonetheless. And Jesus can use our lives to show his love to others so that they too can be children of the living God. That’s a miracle.

We praise God for the miracles He has done in the past, the ongoing miracles He set in motion, the miracles we are not even aware of and the miracles yet to come.

Want to be used by God? Want to let God perform miracles through you? It can happen, if only we believe and see the miracles happening all around and through us, every moment of every day.


Pam B. said...

That I have a relationship with God--a personal and intimate relationship with Him through the Holy Spirit when I am so unworthy is a precious miracle to me. I praise God For His mercy and for all His good gifts and blessings He showers on me every day and I thank Him for claiming me as His child.

chris said...

I've found that taking the time to pause and just focus on every little thing that we have every day is helpful to recognizing the many miracles that we otherwise completely miss or take for granted. It draws me in closer to Him and makes me want to share the experience and gives me hope. Every day there is plenty to be grateful for, praise God!

From Carols Quill said...

@ Pam - you're right. Just being able to have a relationship with the God of the universe is an amazing miracle!

From Carols Quill said...

@ Chris - I too love to just observe the world around me. It's full of miracles and things to be grateful for!