Wednesday, May 21, 2008

The Day Is Full of Miracles

Many people say it's hard to believe in a God Who never seems to perform miracles these days: "If God would heal this incurable disease/rain fire from heaven/part an ocean in front of my eyes, then I'd believe--but how can you say God is interested in this world when He seems to just sit back and let it run according to mechanical laws?"

Well, in the first place, even literal and unmistakable miracles won't convince people who are determined not to believe; they always manage to convince themselves there must be some "logical" explanation. Or as Jesus quoted Abraham as saying, "If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets [or the rest of the Bible], they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead" (Luke 16:31, NIV).

One might also say that people will never be able to recognize "obvious" miracles if they are already too jaded to see the miraculous in Creation and life. When Jesus said, "unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven" (Mt. 18:3), He no doubt referred at least in part to the child's sense of wonder. In our early years, we marvel at everything: stopping to admire the beetle crawling along the sidewalk; plunging into the pool again and again for hours; begging "Read it again" long after our parents feel they can't possibly face the same book one more time. Once we "grow up," however, we bore quickly and demand something "new" at every turn, blind to the fact that there are always new possibilities in "old" things. Ask anyone who truly loves the Lord if she ever gets tired of reading the Bible over and over, and the answer will invariably be, "Not at all; God always has something new to show me."

It can be the same in all aspects of life--if we are willing to humble ourselves and let God show us His "everyday miracles."

The day is full of miracles:
The sun; each breeze that passes;
The cooling rain; the flowers; the trees;
Fresh air; each blade of grasses.

The night is full of miracles:
The stars; the moon's bright crescent;
The mockingbird's spring serenade;
The air turned cool and pleasant.

Each life is full of miracles:
A newborn infant's crying;
Each breath we take; each day we live;
God's peace in hours of dying.

The world is full of miracles:
You have two eyes--so raise them,
And look to see God's wondrous works,
And learn to joyfully praise them!

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