Believing in Miracles
Have there ever been a time in your life when you envisioned, hoped for or actually saw or experienced a miracle in your life? Have you ever been a witness to a miracle in someone else's life? Do you believe in miracles today or do you think they are societal myths?
- Do You Believe in Miracles?
- Have You Ever Envisioned A Miracle?
- Have You Ever Hoped for A Miracle?
- Have You Ever Prayed for A Miracle?
- Have You Ever Seen A Miracle?
- Have You Ever Heard of A Miracle?
- Miracles, Miracles and More Miracles!
- Meet the Miracle Worker
- Reach, Out, Touch and Hold On to Your Miracle
Do You Believe in Miracles?
For some reason, I always believed in miracles. Not sure how this deep sense of belief really started, but it started as a child for me. When I take a retrospective view, it really makes me think of the first time I really learned what a miracle could be. It was a very frightening memory for a child so young. It was about six o'clock in the evening when we cousins had decided to look outside of the door of our house for no apparent reason. While we lived on the third floor, we decided to go all the way down to the first floor for a mid-evening view.There on the concrete sidewalk was a relative lying there surrounded in blood. I really didn't know if it was a real scene or just my imagination. We ran back upstairs to get help.
Have You Ever Envisioned A Miracle?
While I had never envisioned this scene that I became a witness to, one could not ignore it- so had to deal with it. Initially it appeared that this relative may have died at the hands of an abuser. Somehow by the time that the ambulance arrived, I began to settle down with hopes of a brighter outcome. As they carried my aunt away in the ambulance we learned that Uncle Eugene had been an abuser. The twelve children knew and the doctor who took care of Aunt Willie Mae was disturbed by the injuries incurred. But somehow, all I can remember is that she went back home, with all of the children- then everything went back to normal. I guess she was all healed- then pregnant again. But most importantly I remember praying as a child that she did not die after the condition that she was in.
Have You Ever Hoped for A Miracle?
So by now I was leaving to go to College, but the memories of what happened never left my mind. Since Aunt Willie Mae was a twin to Uncle Willie, it only seemed right to me that he should move all the way back from Boston, Massachusetts to make sure that she is safe. So while I didn't visually see her, I prayed that a miracle of healing, recovery, safety and blessings for the family would occur. Well on the surface, it looked like all of those miracles had truly taken place.
There was still one piece of the puzzle, I was trying to understand as to whether this new baby that Aunt Willie Mae was expecting would be considered as a part of this miracle?
Have You Ever Prayed for A Miracle?
By now, I am away at college in Nashville, Tennessee when one night I got a telephone call that our house was on fire. They didn't want to disturb me which seemed to have been a family custom. Being away from college, there were things we should know and others that we shouldn't have to worry about. So I was told only what the family wanted me to know. So when I received the phone call, I realized why some families did not tell their college-bound children some of the sad news from life's experiences. So when they called it was because our family needed prayer. They always considered me to be a prayer warrior, being able to get a prayer through. This time the praying time and prayer were both badly needed. This was a time for serious praying. They weren't sure if mama was going to survive her jump from the third floor window of our residence.
Have You Ever Seen A Miracle?
So, we prayed and we prayed for a change to come. We prayed and we prayed for a healing to come. We prayed that mama would be all right. We missed her and truly didn't know how long of a recovery she would have. The rehabilitation people wanted to make all types of decisions as to what to do with her. But we the children, decided it was our responsibility to nurse mama back to health. So we took turns around the clock helping with meals, chores, exercise, health care and spiritual encouragement. So each day we observed our mama gain her strength, faith and courage back. She was ready to face the world- we ware able to see this miracle of survival, renovation, and renewal come before our eyes. Yes, I have seen a miracle!
Have You Ever Heard of A Miracle?
Yes, growing up, I remember hearing about many miracles. There were many children during my childhood who were born with polio and other physical disabilities. Many could not walk. But then there were advancements in immunizations for children. I was able to see a big decrease in the number of children in our neighborhoods who were born with polio.
There was a five year-old little girl who lived down the street from us. Her mother said the doctors said she would never walk. Her family carried her around to most of the places. Getting a wheel chair back then was a privilege and honor. So one of the ladies from the church started going to the house to visit the family. She kept saying, "I believe Diamond can walk if we believe. I remember thinking, "believe what? Didn't the doctor already say she would never walk?" But back then we grew up around a lot of powerfully strong men and women whose faith in God was so strong- they convinced you that a miracle could happen at any time.
I remember I started opening my eyes and looking around everyday for miracles. Wow, that was quite an approach to life at such a young age for me. But it made such a difference in my life. I started learning how to pray for people and things that looked impossible. It seemed like the more I prayed, God would allow these miracles to happen so that I would know His true power. So yes, if they were not miracles that I saw with my eyes, they were ones that I heard of as others shared great miraculous news!
Miracles, Miracles and More Miracles!
Miracles are around us everyday! Each day of our lives we learn of someone who represents a miracle. I was looking at a program on television recently and saw a young man with no legs and one hand/arm. He was helping to handle a live alligator. It caught my attention because it reminded me of how we see miracles everyday, but we don't count them as miracles. The ability to use" what he had" caught my attention because it took a lot of courage and faith to go on with life! There are some of us with all of our body parts and organs and we complain often about what we can't do. But if we take the opposite approach of "miracles, miracles, more miracles and I'm looking for miracles," we will see more miracles.
Meet the Miracle Worker
Regardless of one's religious beliefs, there is a miracle worker in each of our lives. Because the Bible is the most universal book, for those who believe in reading it, it is full of miracles. Remember when He turned water into wine? How about when he departed the Red Sea and allowed the enslaved people to be free by walking through dry land with the sea parted. Then after they made it to safety, he miraculously put the water back together. Have you ever heard about the little boy's lunch- he had two fishes and five barley loaves of bread- Jesus blessed it and fed thousands with much food left over! How about the lady who had been sick for twelve long years, but had enough faith to believe that if she could just touch the hem of His garment, she could be healed! He is one of the greatest miracle workers that one could ever know.
Reach, Out, Touch and Hold On to Your Miracle
If you are going through some challenges in life, if you feel like giving up, or if it seems like life is dealing you an unfair blow-STOP- BELIEVE- LOOK AROUND- for your miracle may be waiting for you to see!
Whatever storms may come our way, always believe that there is an answer to each of life's problems- but are we willing to look for the doors that are standing wide open with the words, "Miracles Here!"