Don’t let the miracles that haven’t happened yet blind you to the ones that already have!
Memory has been a problem for mankind since the dawn of time. We get so caught up in the needs and anxieties of the moment that we forget the providence and provisions of the past.
I cannot even count how many times in my life I have found myself in a situation where only a miracle could make it right. I’ve not been able to pay bills or buy groceries, I’ve had the water turned off at the house, I’ve had to file bankruptcy. And those are just the financial messes I’ve been in.
I know the kind of sleepless nights spent in a hospital room listening to the hums, pings, and beeps of machines keeping my daughter alive, begging and pleading with God to save her life. I know the kind of pain that, 14 years after she died, it still brings tears to my eyes to even think about it. Even as I write this, today, I am in a personal battle with cancer. Trust me when I tell you I know what it’s like to need a miracle!
The miracles do come, though! Maybe not at the moment we are demanding them, and maybe not in the ways that we are expecting them, but they do come. The problem is pain, anxiety, and desperation produce mental myopia. All we can see is the present moment and the seemingly insurmountable need. The past becomes a blur and we fail to recall how far we have come and how the previously insurmountable needs in our lives have been solved.
I also love the fact that this problem is not unique to you or me and is not a modern, cultural phenomenon. A quick review of the Old Testament in the Bible will show you how quickly our forefathers forgot the miracles God performed and the provisions He made on their behalf. This is why they created landmarks, called Ebenezers, to remind them of what God had done at that location.
I have found bags of groceries on my front steps with no note or explanation; I’ve found envelops of cash in my mailbox that contained exactly the amount I needed for some bill that I had not told anyone about! I was even supposed to have been on American Airlines Flight 77 on September 11, 2001, but made a change in my schedule the week before–this was the flight that was hijacked and crashed into the Pentagon. I cannot explain these things, other than to call them miracles!
Look back over your life at the obstacles you have overcome. I’ll bet some of them cannot be explained in any rational way. I’m sure you have experienced true miracles in your life. If you are struggling to find one, simply go look in a mirror. Given just how fragile life is and how dangerous this world can be, the fact that you are able to read this is, in my mind, a miracle.
If you need a miracle in your life today, do not lose hope. Don’t let the miracles that haven’t happened yet blind you to the ones that already have! I believe in miracles!
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