Food for Thought: Expect Miracles
by Ardith Hoff
“There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle.” Albert Einstein
I prefer the latter! Theologians may argue whether the miracles in the Bible are illustrative figures of speech or actual happenings and whether there are modern-day miracles or not. From my point of view, it really doesn’t matter because in either case, miracles are evidence of God’s love and power. In other words, we see evidence of what God can do all around us. The things we take for granted every day are events that God allows to happen. Every good thing is from Him.
Every day that the sun shines or the rain comes down to make things grow so that we can eat, live and enjoy life are from God. When we look for them, we can see miracles all around us. They aren’t always the big, dramatic sudden healing of a person on their deathbed that we sometimes pray for, though dramatic, unexplainable things sometimes do happen.
Seemingly chance meetings or unexpected recoveries, or the fact that something intervenes to keep us from being at the wrong place at the wrong time, are also from God. The point is that God is in control and if we give ourselves over to Him, we can be assured that whatever happens will be for His purpose. As it says in Romans: 8:28: “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love the lord and are called according to his purpose.”
This does not mean that bad things will never happen to good people. We know that they do. But no matter what happens, it is in God’s power to turn it into good. This may be hard to understand when we are in the middle of dealing with a difficult situation. But in time, we can trust that some greater good will come of it. We may never figure out what it was, but that does not mean that it won’t happen. If we trust in God, we know it will. Sometimes, years later we might even discover what it was. But even if we don’t, we can be sure God knows why it happened.
Mysterious things happen, and sometimes there are logical scientific explanations, but since God has the power to work in any method He chooses. We should not discount his hand or try to limit his power in anything, whether it can easily be explained or not.