When you think of miracles, what do you see? Blind men seeing for the first time… people who have been paralyzed running down the street? When you pray, do you expect to hear God’s voice booming down at you with an answer? Well, I am sorry to tell you… but, that’s not exactly how it works these days.
John 4: 48 New King James Version (NKJV)
“Then Jesus said to him, ‘Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will by no means believe.'”
The amazing thing is that if you take the time to listen and look around you, you do see miracles/blessings and answered prayers around you every single day. It could be in the simplest of things; maybe you missed your alarm and now you’re running late for work. Praying that you make it in time, every light you hit is green. Maybe it’s a little more involved… Perhaps you were in a less than ideal situation, prayed for a change, when you look back and look at where you are now… all you can do is thank God. Why do we see these things and call it “fate” or “luck” or “good timing?” A miracle is a miracle, a blessing is a blessing, an answered prayer is an answered prayer.
So, why don’t we instantly thank God for even the smallest of details that He so diligently takes care of for us? Because, whether we like to admit it or not, we are slightly brain washed one way or another. I am not, I repeat, I am not questioning whether or not you believe in miracles or the power of prayer. But… the world has told us over and over, in one way or another,(whether it be straight out or in TV shows, music, school lessons, etc.) that it was “fate” or “luck” or x, y, z. There is no such thing as “luck.” (But, that’s a post for another time.)
This subconsciously sets us up to disregard the beautiful everyday little blessings we receive from God as either nothing or something WE did and give ourselves the credit. (When we know good and well there was no way it was us.) To the point where we may start to not even notice them. Look at it this way… God cares about each one of us, He cares about you, so much that He made sure you hit those green lights and got to work on time. (Plus, you got a little extra sleep!) With all of the things, and millions of people, our Heavenly Father watches over He still manages to protect and bless every… single… one of us in so many ways.
Luke 12: 7 New King James Version (NKJV)
“But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.”
I am just amazed and in awe whenever I have the opportunity to witness it for myself. My own testimony aside, once I really opened my eyes (and heart) and started allowing myself to see/feel/receive God’s love and grace I started seeing the world in a whole new light. It is truly amazing when you see the whole story of a certain situation come full circle.
A small example of this is that this past Thanksgiving my family was hosting a large number of people. We found out a couple of people had invited a few more friends and family than we had originally planned for. Which meant, another turkey… two days out from Thanksgiving. The very next night a lovely family friend gave us (you guessed it) a turkey! Come Thanksgiving day the extra friends and family and a group of 15+ ended up not being able to come. We ended up with more than enough food; resulting in everyone being able to go home with leftovers. Things like this happen every day!
Mark 9: 23 New King James Version (NKJV)
“Jesus said to him, ‘If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.'”
So, if you’re waiting to literally hear God’s voice pouring down on you… just look around you. It already is, it is all God; look at all the intricate details that had to be woven together to get you where you are right now. How one tiny change would have affected everything… Praise God; life is so beautiful… every teeny, tiny, microscopic detail of it.
Numbers 6: 24-26
In Jesus’ Name